Painting of thirty-five expressive heads.

Thirty-five Expressive Heads, by Louis-Léopold Boilly, c. 1825. Musee des Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing, France.

Comedy

Volume VII, Number 1 | winter 2014

Miscellany

In 1662 diarist Samuel Pepys saw two plays by William Shakespeare performed in London. Of Romeo and Juliet he wrote, “It is a play of itself the worst that ever I heard in my life, and the worst acted that ever I saw these people do.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream he described simply as “the most insipid, ridiculous play that I ever saw in my life.”

I used to think that everyone was just being funny. But now I don’t know. I mean, how can you tell?

—Andy Warhol, 1970

Lapham’sDaily

A Galvanized Corpse.

DÉjÀ Vu

Epidermal Macabre

2018:

At least four people would like to own Charles Manson’s remains.

1882:

Jesse James keeps getting reburied and fought over.

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The World in Time

Eric Foner

Lewis H. Lapham talks with Eric Foner, author of Battles for Freedom: The Use and Abuse of American History. More