William Pitt the Younger riding on the back of George III while surveying the French squadron, 1803. © Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee Carnavalet, Paris / Bridgeman Images.


Volume IX, Number 1 | winter 2016

Open to Inspection

Lewis H. Lapham

Agents of Betrayal

Lawrence Osborne

Rise of the Drones

Rudolph Herzog

Under Watchful Eyes

Amanda Power

Happy All the Time

Lynn Stuart Parramore



Voices In Time

The Boyd Identity

1862 | Front Royal, VA

New York State of Mind

1951 | Washington, DC


1840 | London

Inspector of Souls

1858 | London

If You See Something, Say Something

1958 | Washington, DC

An Examined Life

1859 | London

Search and Seizure

1853 | Villette

Enemy of the State

1975 | Washington, DC

Blow the Safe

1971 | Washington, DC


1726 | Lagado

Disciple and Punish

c. 33 | Jerusalem

I Am Not What I Am

c. 1570 | Venice

Knowledge Is Never Too Near

c. 1580 | London

Spy vs. Spy

1909 | Texas

Letters of the Law

1807 | France

Inked In

c. 357 BC | Stymphalus

Organized Antilabor

1907 | Chicago

Charts and Graphs



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A telescopic image of the formalhault solar system. A bright dot is surrounded by a cloud of smaller red dots. An inset shows a close-up of what looks like a planet, labeled Formalhault b.


Space Oddities


Exoplanet revealed to be nothing but a large cloud of dust.


Supposed irrigation canals on Mars are merely optical illusions.


The World in Time

Peter Fritzsche

Lewis H. Lapham speaks with the author of Hitler’s First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich. More