Opinions and analysis from Lapham’s Quarterly writers and editors.

December 5, 2021

October 15, 2021

Escape Artists


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


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

August 27, 2021

The Custom of the Country


Cats of unknown provenance killed in Taiwan to prevent disease.

c. 1738:

Cats killed by workers in revolt against their master and mistress.