Lapham's Quarterly
The Fall 2016 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, FLESH, is on sale...
September 28th, 2016, 10:15 PM


The Fall 2016 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, FLESH, is on sale now! Read Lewis Lapham’s introduction here.

Our Spring 2016 issue is Disaster, and you can read Lewis...
May 3rd, 2016, 10:15 PM


Our Spring 2016 issue is Disaster, and you can read Lewis Lapham’s introduction to it here. 

"The stupidest book in the world is a book of jokes, and the stupidest man in the world is one who..."
January 8th, 2014, 10:15 PM
“The stupidest book in the world is a book of jokes, and the stupidest man in the world is one who surrenders himself to the single purpose of making men laugh.”

- Josiah Gilbert Holland, 1876
“I knew she was oversize, but she now appeared a fair...
January 8th, 2014, 10:15 PM


“I knew she was oversize, but she now appeared a fair match for Falstaff. I knew she was called an “old maid,” and I felt no doubt of the truth of at least half of the appellation, but now, when I beheld her, I could not for my life avoid thinking of my mother; and this, not from withered features—for her skin was too full of fat to permit of its contracting into wrinkles—but from her want of teeth, weather-beaten appearance in general, and from a kind of notion that ran in my head that nothing could have commenced at the size of infancy and reached her present bulk in less than thirty five or forty years.”

Abraham Lincoln goes on a blind date; is kind of a jerk about it.

Are you afraid of clowns? We are. Split Personalities, an essay...
January 7th, 2014, 10:15 PM


Are you afraid of clowns? We are.

Split Personalities, an essay by Andrew McConnell Stott from the new issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, might make you feel better about them (we’re more sympathetic but still a little suspicious)!

Read it here.

Jesters do oft prove prophets–William Shakespeare.
January 3rd, 2014, 10:15 PM
“A stock operator has to fight a lot expensive enemies...
January 2nd, 2014, 10:15 PM


“A stock operator has to fight a lot expensive enemies within himself.”

Edwin Lefèvre, from Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (1923)

DEJA VU: Taking Office 2014: Let’s make New York a shining...
January 2nd, 2014, 10:15 PM


DEJA VU: Taking Office

2014: Let’s make New York a shining city on a hill, says new mayor Bill de Blasio!

1905: Let’s build more parks for the people and also line our pockets a little bit, says Tammany Hall!

obitoftheday: Obit of the Day: Most Popular Posts of 2013 For...
December 20th, 2013, 10:15 PM




















obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: Most Popular Posts of 2013

For the third consecutive year, I’m happy to present the most popular posts from Obit of the Day for 2013. As usual this endeavor was made easier with the help of Best of Tumblr, a nice little tool. So without further ado here the top ten posts of 2013, in no particular order:

Hans Massaquoi  - Author of Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany

Nadhezda Popova - Member of the Soviet Union’s “Night Witch” air regiment

Barbara Park  - Author of the Junie B. Jones children’s book series

“Pepper” Paire Davis - Catching great in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist - Last surviving member of the plot to assassinate Hitler

Cal Whipple - Photographer who took the first picture of dead American soldiers to be published during WWII

Paul Adams - Member of the Tuskegee Airman and school principal in Nebraska

Sophie Kunys - The stolen base queen of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

Parveen Rehman - Pakistani social activist who was assassinated

Senji Yamaguchi (bottom) - Survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bomb explosion and nuclear disarmament activist

For more awe-inspiring lives from this and previous years, checkout my topic pages (www.obitoftheday.com) or the Obit of the Day Archive.

You can also catch the highlights:

Most Popular Posts of 2012

Most Popular Posts of 2011

Thanks to all my followers and readers for helping to make Obit of the Day the most popular* obituary site on tumblr. 

* Could probably use “only” but I’m sticking with it.

"The stupidest book in the world is a book of jokes, and the stupidest man in the world is one who..."
December 20th, 2013, 10:15 PM
“The stupidest book in the world is a book of jokes, and the stupidest man in the world is one who surrenders himself to the single purpose of making men laugh.”

- Josiah Gilbert Holland, 1876
A Prohibition Plea
December 5th, 2013, 10:15 PM

Dear Sir,

My husband is in the habit of buying a quart of whiskey every other day from a Chinese bootlegger named Chin Waugh living at 317 Sixteenth near Alder Street.

We need this money for household expenses. Will you please have his place raided? He keeps a supply planted in the garden and a smaller quantity under the back steps for quick delivery. If you make the raid at nine thirty any morning you will be sure to get the goods, and Chin also, as he leaves the house at ten o’clock and may clean up before he goes.

Thanking you in advance.

I remain
Yours truly,

Mrs. Hillyer 

For more from the Time We’d Rather Forget (also known as Prohibition, the repeal of which we’re celebrating today), skip back a few month to Intoxication, the Winter ‘12 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly.

Retracted
November 15th, 2013, 10:15 PM

“In the editorial about President Abraham Lincoln’s speech delivered Nov. 19, 1863, in Gettysburg, the Patriot & Union failed to recognize its momentous importance, timeless eloquence, and lasting significance. The Patriot-News regrets the error.”


The reviews for Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address weren’t so hot. 150 years later, the Harrisburg Patriot & Union wants to set the record straight.

(we approve)

DEJA VU: Twerking It Out 2013:  The contract prohibits making...
November 12th, 2013, 10:15 PM


DEJA VU: Twerking It Out

2013:  The contract prohibits making out, skimpy dresses, and simulated sex. Annapolis Principal Susan Chittim says the need to clean up the dance floor came before Cyrus’ romp. “This, unfortunately, has become the norm. Some of this crazy dancing that makes others feel uncomfortable,” Chittim said. “Some kids feel left out because of the dancing that occurs.”

1871: In the Parisian cancan the immediate act of procreation is symbolically consummated. After the most loathsome kicks and bounds with which the Parisian celebrates the symbolic sacrifice to Venus, he steps back from the dance, conducts his partner to her seat with wellnigh old-French gallantry, and refreshes her with barley-water, just as though it were the most respectable of balls.

This is a good one–John Hodgman, everyone’s favorite...
November 7th, 2013, 10:15 PM


This is a good one–John Hodgman, everyone’s favorite deranged millionaire, graced our podcast with his presence!

He’s reading spooky stories and haunting tales from the Death issue–we promise the one about premature burial will chill your bones (in the best possible way).

The Lapham’s Quarterly Podcast: John Hodgman

ROUNDTABLE: A Death in Year Three “As I looked around...
November 6th, 2013, 10:15 PM


ROUNDTABLE: A Death in Year Three

“As I looked around the room, it seemed obvious that death wasn’t about the dead. It was about the old man who by then had seen it all, and the parents whose lives would never be the same. It was about the little girl with the warm soda in her hand taking it all in, the scene and emotions already forming a memory that will be woven and unwoven for the rest of her life.”

A medical student confronts death–and the left behind. 

INSTRUMENTS OF DEATH Quite frankly, these all sound pretty...
November 5th, 2013, 10:15 PM
A little Halloween morsel from next week’s deathly podcast...
October 31st, 2013, 10:15 PM


A little Halloween morsel from next week’s deathly podcast with John Hodgman. The terrifying, tantalizing, mortifying account of being buried alive!

William Burroughs really knew how to carve a pumpkin....
October 31st, 2013, 10:15 PM


William Burroughs really knew how to carve a pumpkin. We’re afraid.

kadrey:

Just in time for Halloween, it’s William Burroughs hatchet pumpkin time.

https://www.facebook.com/Burroughs100

In 1599, British ships warded off would-be attackers with a gang...
October 30th, 2013, 10:15 PM


In 1599, British ships warded off would-be attackers with a gang of trumpeters. In 2013, the job of keeping Somali pirates far away from boats is one only Britney Spears can do.

DEJA VU: Wall of Sound

“How very little one human being generally cares for...
October 29th, 2013, 10:15 PM


“How very little one human being generally cares for another! How very little the world misses anybody! How soon the chasm left by the best and wisest men closes!”

On the death of William Wilberforce, 1833