Roundtable

Opinions and analysis from Lapham’s Quarterly writers and editors.

November 21, 2014

November 13, 2014

The Truth About Time

By Miles Klee

Every era has its own time-truthers, those who insist that through careful manipulation, minutes and seconds as we know them can be altered or even erased.

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October 03, 2014

Zero Hour

By Joanna Scutts

In "The Burning of the World," his recently discovered memoir of the first few weeks of World War I, the Hungarian artist, officer, and man about town Béla Zombory-Moldován writes frequently about his attachment to his watch. When he’s wounded in the confusion of battle in the forests of Galicia, he finds the watch unscathed during an agonizing evacuation of the area, and exalts the survival of “my trusty companion, sharer of my fate, the comrade that connected me to my former life.”

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September 11, 2014

The Presumption of Youth

By Elias Altman

The reason so many coming-of-age tales revolve around boarding schools is that they are the perfect setting for the unique and incredible experience is a part of growing up.

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August 16, 2014

Early Work

By Rebecca Onion

The childhood scribblings of writers far more famous than I can be found online in the vast attic of digital archives. Most of the juvenilia available on the Web date to the nineteenth century, when middle- and upper-class childhood was increasingly prized, and kids’ ephemera more likely to be saved.

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August 12, 2014

The Great Comic Book Conflagration

By Jacqui Shine

In October of 1948, the students of Spencer Graded School in West Virginia gained national attention when a thirteen-year-old led his classmates in “burial rites” for their comic books, declaring that the funeral "will benefit ourselves, our community and our country.”

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August 01, 2014

On Pediatrics

By Caleb Gardner

"Do pediatrics,” my friend insisted as I approached my fourth and last year in medical school. “It’s really chill.” This seemed like sound advice, and not long after I found myself in front of a large, new building devoted to long-term pediatric care.

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July 15, 2014

Wasted on the Young

By Elias Altman

"One has to spend so many years in learning how to be happy,” George Eliot lamented in a letter to a friend in 1844. “I am just beginning to make some progress in the science, and I hope to disprove Edward Young’s theory that ‘as soon as we have found the key of life, it opens the gates of death.’”

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July 15, 2014

Alternative Histories

By Miles Klee

When homegrown radicals decide to take what they often call revolutionary action—with a bomb, a gun, or worse—their visions often have little to do with the reform of government, and everything to do with a maniacal will to shape another world.

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November 17, 2014

Vote Early, Vote Often

2014:

A Michigan man is turned away from the polls when the record insists he’s dead. 

1868:

For the New York political bosses of Tammany Hall, a vote’s a vote—even from a dead man.

November 11, 2014

Shroomed

2014:

In Italy, poisoned mushrooms wreak havoc on the stomachs of diners. 

c. 77:

In Rome, Pliny the Elder distinguishes safe mushrooms from deadly.