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@Google Presents: Lewis Lapham, in conversation with Richard Gingras

Lewis Lapham stopped by Google for a conversation with Richard Gingras, Head of News Product. You can learn more about Lapham’s Quarterly on their site: . Published four times a year, each issue of Lapham’s Quarterly adopts and explores a single theme. In 2008, for example, LQ’s first four issues were dedicated, respectively, to War, Money, Nature, and Education, each created with an aim to help readers find historical threads from Homer to Queen Elizabeth I to George Patton, from Aesop to Edith Wharton to Joan Didion. New essays from writers such as Stanley Fish, Fritz Stern, and Andrew Delbanco then knotted each theme together. A typical issue features an introductory Preamble from Editor Lewis H. Lapham; approximately 100 “Voices in Time” — that is, appropriately themed selections drawn from the annals and archives of the past — and newly commissioned commentary and criticism from today’s preeminent scholars and writers. Myriad photographs, paintings, charts, graphs, and maps round out each issue’s 224 pages. Lapham’s Quarterly’s modus operandi assumes that valuable observations of the human character and predicament don’t become obsolete — that the story, say, of an ancient Syracusan prison camp reverberates millennia later in the gulag of Siberia. Abridged rather than paraphrased, none of the texts in Lapham’s Quarterly runs to a length longer than five or seven pages (a primary school memoir of Mary McCarthy, a celebration of entomological
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  1. writersblock26

    Thank you? for posting this, AtGoogleTalks.

  2. Schumpeterabits

    Winnowing bad translation? Dude, learn? a new language.