The sinister history of fumigating “foreign” books.
Nineteenth-century New York City was filled with books, bibliophilia, and marginalia.
What we fight about when we fight about schools.
A public high school teacher asks why the wrong things cause a fuss in schools.
On the singular beasts of the Middle Ages.
For the rest of the year, Lapham’s Quarterly is running a series on the subject of history and the pleasures, pain, and knowledge that can be found from studying it. For more than fifty issues,…
«elemekten elde edilebilecek zevkler, acı ve bilgiler üzerine bir dizi yayınlıyor . Elliden fazla sayı için, antik çağlardan günümüze katkıda bulunanlar, dostluk, mutluluk, ölüm ve gelecek gibi temalar üzerine binlerce yıla yayılan sohbetlere katıldıla»
China invented the longest lasting and most stable writing system in history. Chinese—the language—as we know it today is almost the same as the first inscriptions from nearly 3,200 years ago. And…
«Its syntax is flexible, the number of characters already substantial—between three thousand and five thousand, all well designed and clear.»
In 1816 an American lawyer named J.F. Dumoulin wrote Thomas Jefferson a letter to thank him for his hospitality during a recent visit to the former president’s Monticello plantation. As a token of…
Marriage as we know it today is a very recent invention—one that has very little in common with the unions of old.
This summer, Lapham’s Quarterly is marking the season with readings on the subject or set during its reign. Check in every Friday until Labor Day to read the latest. In the summer of 1894, Norwegian…
Color is among the most challenging aspects of our experience to describe. Spectrophotometers and colorimeters can quantify light waves, yet their measurements have little impact on our feeling for…
The Great Death was the most deadly recorded calamity ever to have struck humanity—and may well still be. Between 1347 and 1351 it is estimated to have killed 75 million to 200 million people across…
The last days of William Blake.
Small and gnarled, often showing its age, the frankincense tree grows in an Arabian Desert wadi where water occasionally flows in the winter. Its bark is papery and peeling in places, on it a tiny…
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