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Nicholas Spice · Is Wagner bad for us?

Like anyone who has spent time thinking about Wagner, I have inevitably come back to the subject of boundaries and limits, and in particular to …

The Case for Revenge

Chronicle photograph by Scott Seymour, doll from Remnant District<p>A surefire way to establish one's moral superiority—certainly in our society and in …

Translating the Abyss by Jeffrey Yang

I used to keep a list of books in which “the abyss” appeared — the …

What Big Data Will Never Explain

“She told him that she loves me, which is an important data point.” I overheard those words a few months ago, and they stopped me in my tracks. I did …

The Barbed Gift of Leisure

Sam Ogden, Science Source<p>A magazine ad campaign running in my hometown quotes a youngster who wants to study computer science, he says, so he can …

Issue Content Essay | Lapham’s Quarterly

Why are we so obsessed with the pursuit of authenticity?

Take your pick: indie café or Beyoncé’s lip-syncing? We’ve become obsessed with authenticity and differences between echt and ersatz — but why bother …

The ‘Science’ of Same-Sex Marriage

Oral arguments on gay marriage take place before the Supreme Court the last week of March, and the pile of amicus briefs filed by interested parties …

The Heretic

Last fall, a few days before Halloween and about a month after the publication of <i>Mind and Cosmos</i>, the controversial new book by the philosopher …

American Philosophy

Derrida: The Excluded Favorite

In May of 1951, at the age of twenty, Jacques Derrida took the entrance exams for the prestigious École Normale Supérieure a second time, having …