Lewis Lapham Reads “Homo Faber”

The preamble to Discovery, the Spring 2017 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly.

By Lapham’s Quarterly

Monday, April 17, 2017

In the Laboratory (detail), by Henry Alexander, c. 1885–87. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Alfred N. Punnett Endowment Fund, 1939.

In “Homo Faber,” his introductory essay to the Discovery issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, Lewis Lapham charts explorations scientific, geographic, and literary. The works of Alexander von Humboldt, William Shakespeare, and Vera Rubin are considered alongside a six-year-old Lapham’s voyage of the imagination.

Listen to him read his essay below.


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This recording is made possible by a gift from James J. “Jimmy” Coleman Jr.