During my formative literary and journalistic years, when I discovered it as source of inspiring, vital writing and reporting, as well as outrageously smart, outrage-inducing statistics, devastatingly presented, Harper's Magazine was led by Lewis Lapham. At one point, I hoped for nothing more for my writing than that it might be excerpted, even, in Lapham's magazine.
And now Lapham's Quarterly has published exactly the kind of ogling pointlessness that made me finally walk away from a book project with a major publisher. And it's so slapdash. I mean, it's like they transcribed a random issue of Us at the dentist's office.
Named By The Stars - Children of the rich and famous [laphamsquarterly.org]