The sinister history of fumigating “foreign” books.
«bookworm displays a “universal disrespect for almost everything, including arsenic and lead.” »
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.
Figuring out when humans began to count systematically, with purpose, is not easy. Our first real clues are a handful of curious, carved bones dating from the final few millennia of the three-million…
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»
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.
Science, though a very great and learned lady, does not yet know everything. Her elder sister, Poetry, often sees further and deeper into things than she does. —“Have Plants Intelligence?” All the…
Eighteenth-century British naturalists relied on slave traders to obtain thousands of natural specimens from West Africa.
Imagining utopia—and condemning excess—during the Enlightenment.
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…
Trieste’s modernism in five languages.
The last days of William Blake.
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