[CATEGORIES: Literature, Lapham’s Quarterly, Reading, Book Review]
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[L.Q. cover, quotes, and images from Lapham’s Quarterly Summer 2019: Happiness, except where noted otherwise.] [Right-click on a photo may give the option to open it separately.]
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This is a READING section, for those who may stumble in looking for photography. Pictures are included to break the monotony. I invite you to venture further.
I read Lapham’s Quarterly and comment, review, summarize perhaps, supported by considerable copy-paste quotation. It’s my digest of a digest of thought from throughout man’s recorded history. It gives me exposure to much greater minds than mine will ever be. I’m indebted to the friend who introduced me (R.I.P. my friend, your counsel is missed) and to the fine minds who assemble the journal.
The subject for the summer issue is HAPPINESS. As it just arrived and I have 3 months in which to peruse before the next issue, perhaps I will spend some time with short, numerous analyses for you new readers. I did this so enthusiastically when I read the first five to eight years worth of issues. Can I resurrect a modicum of that again?
I’m going to start with side-quotes, which I often neglect, but which proliferate throughout every issue of L.Q. I find them thought-provoking. Lapham’s Q. never fails to send me to Google and Wikipedia for more info. No sooner did I start collecting quotes than I had to look up Thomas Henry Huxley and verify that he was related to Aldous Huxley of Brave New World and Island notoriety. Yes. Grandfather of Aldous. Thomas was a stout defender of Darwin in the 19th century.
Well, not everyone is upbeat about happiness, I suppose. Consider the offspring:
Like grandfather like grandson. Brave New World is dystopian, but Island is utopian, even if a little far-fetched. (Otherwise it wouldn’t be utopian.)
I trust the mood of Happiness will improve.
Dale Carnegie is better, as you might expect. ‘Fake it ’til you make it’ is how I heard Werner Erhard express it back it the days of est, Erhard Seminars Training.
Still, the trend is not encouraging:
Oh George. You reportedly are one of several who stated one of the reasons we should read history:
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”
—Life of Reason, Reason in Common Sense, Scribner’s, 1905, p. 284. (Ref. link.)
The more history I read, the more I’m convinced we repeat it regardless. What an optimist I am.
For now we must leave it to Emily Dickinson and contented buffalo to lead us to our happy place:
To be continued…
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