Lewis H. Lapham

Lewis H. Lapham is editor of Lapham’s Quarterly. Formerly editor of Harper’s Magazine, he is the author of numerous books, including Money and Class in America, Theater of War, Gag Rule, and, most recently, Pretensions to Empire. The New York Times has likened him to H.L. Mencken; Vanity Fairhas suggested a strong resemblance to Mark Twain; and Tom Wolfe has compared him to Montaigne. This essay, shortened for TomDispatch, introduces "Magic Shows," the Summer 2012 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly.

Mark Twain's democratic ideal: How truth, laughter defeat "sweet-smelling, sugar-coated lies" Lewis H. Lapham
Lapham's Quarterly: America has become an "armed circus" Lewis H. Lapham
Magic and the machine Lewis H. Lapham
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