Charles IV and His Family, by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, 1800. Prado Museum, Madrid.

Charles IV and His Family, by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, 1800. Prado Museum, Madrid. 

Family

Volume V, Number 1 | winter 2012

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Family Planning

Fertility, contraception, and adoption practices from around the world.

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Miscellany

It is said that Alexander the Great once found Diogenes the Cynic examining a pile of human bones. “What are you looking for?” the ruler inquired. “I am searching for the bones of your father,” replied the philosopher, “but I cannot distinguish them from those of his slaves.” On another occasion a woman came to see Diogenes, complaining that her son was poorly behaved, and asked what she could do about it. Diogenes answered by slapping the woman in the face.

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.

—Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1955

Lapham’sDaily

DÉjÀ Vu

Read It and Weep

2021:

Woman creates an NFT artwork out of Instagram messages with a celebrity.

1757:

Woman creates an epistolary novel out of love letters with a nobleman.

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The World in Time

Alan Taylor

Lewis H. Lapham speaks with the author of American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783–1850. More