Acrobats (detail), Japanese handscroll, nineteenth century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Henry J. Bernheim, 1945.

Happiness

Volume XII, Number 3 | summer 2019

Miscellany

A study of U.S. Supreme Court oral transcripts from 2004 to 2005 tabulated every instance the court reporter described a justice’s remarks provoking laughter. It found that Antonin Scalia had caused seventy-seven such episodes, while Clarence Thomas had caused zero.

A multitude of small delights constitute happiness.

—Charles Baudelaire, 1897

Lapham’sDaily

DÉjÀ Vu

Escape Artists

2021:

Man steals money and runs from the law—after leaving behind a fake suicide note.

1318:

Nun grows tired of the convent and runs from the church—after leaving behind a dummy of herself.

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The World in Time

Charles Foster

Lewis H. Lapham speaks with the author of Being a Human: Adventures in Forty Thousand Years of Consciousness. More