Photochrome of a glacier, Grindelwald, Switzerland, c. 1890. © Rijksmuseum


Volume X, Number 2 | spring 2017

Homo Faber

Lewis H. Lapham

Queer Theorem

Samantha Hunt

Special Experience

Kea Krause

The Turning Sky

Susan Brind Morrow



Voices In Time

Missionary Imposition

1673 | Keokuk, IA

First Principles

1971 | Chicago

Gag Rule

1791 | Birmingham

Ends of the World

c. 20 | Rome

Holy Smoke

1571 | Seville

Awe Inspired

1862 | Amherst, MA

Names in Vain

1849 | Downe

Column Opinion

c. 27 BC | Rome

A Whole New World

1823 | Timisoara

Trial Balloon

1783 | London

Tyranny of the Majority

2011 | Washington, DC

Realms of Gold

1816 | London

Preestablished Harmony

1918 | Berlin

Testing Grounds

1267 | Paris

Life on Mars?

1899 | Colorado Springs

Seeing Is Believing

1666 | Blazing World

Matters of Fact

1789 | Paris

Key to the Kingdom

1911 | Yorkshire

Skin Game

1934 | Harlem

Trading Places

c. 335 BC | Athens

Pleasure Principle

1802 | Somerset

True Colors

1665 | Cambridge

Knock First

c. 80 | Antioch

Happy Accidents

1891 | Berlin

Through a Looking Glass

1665 | London

Charts and Graphs



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Man and Woman Being Chased by Bees (detail), by Honoré Daumier. The New York Public Library, Art and Picture Collection.


The Perfect Swarm


The NYPD beekeeper vacuums up a swarm of bees on a hot dog stand in Times Square.


Bees take over a Los Angeles street as spectators watch.


The World in Time

Jill Lepore

Lewis H. Lapham talks with Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States. More