YES! My PRINT edition of Lapham’s Quarterly Spring 2012 finally arrived.

You can tell I’m easily pleased. I’ve been plowing through L.Q. Spring 2012: Means of Communication via my online access subscription satisfactorily enough. It’s all there, the essays and extracts of Voices in Time, the art from around the world and throughout history. It is easily navigated and read on my laptop or iPad, even on my iPhone in a desperate pinch.  Still, I yearned for my paper copy, unexplainably delayed and which I had to ask for.

There is something about a 200+ page literary magazine that makes one want to be able to browse and leaf through it however. In my opinion the fine paper presents the art better than even highly pixelated modern computer screens. It FEELS good to the touch.  One can browse the art or the scattered side-bar quotes and short items, back and forth with more random and abandon than the click-click of the cursor. What a novel idea.  (Magazine idea?  Literary journal idea?)  Printed matter worth having, using, and keeping.

Some tidbits:


1936: London H.G. Wells
“The whole human memory can be, and probably in a short time will be, made accessible to every individual.”
“…it is difficult not to believe that in quite the near future, this Permanent World Encyclopedia, so compact in its material form and so gigantic in its scope and possible influence, will not come into existence.” (p. 26)  [WorldWideWeb maybe?-JH]


(The thumbnail is not part of L.Q.  It’s from my picture-taking.  Insert joke about thumbnail images here.)

c. 1960: New York
“We journalists seemed at times to be allied with the fast-food industry, being the short-order cooks for consumers of half-baked information and ideas.”
(Gay Telese from A Writer’s Life.)



[Apologies (necessary?) for the political incorrectness, but the historical context is noteworthy.  L.Q. probably thought similar.-JH]

1473: Murano
(Filippo de Stratta, from “Polemic Against Printing”, p. 43-44)
“Writing indeed, which brings in gold for us,
should be respected and held to be nobler
than all goods, unless she has suffered
degradation in the brothel of the printing
presses. She is a maiden with a pen, a
harlot in print.”


Get free access to some portions of the current issue here:

I wonder if L.Q. has ever reproduced anything by John Ruskin: “…you must get into the habit of looking intensely at words, and assuring yourself of their meaning, syllable by syllable–nay, letter by letter.”

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