Congrats to Lapham’s Quarterly, Lewis Lapham’s journal of history, which was awarded “Best New Publication” at the 20th Annual Utne Independent Press Awards last week.
Though I gave the journal a bit of a hard time back when it was first introduced, I believed then, as now, that its challenge to the infamous anti-intellectual tendencies of journalism (and of American culture more generally)—not to mention its admirable blending of journalistic forms—make Lapham’s Quarterly a commendable example of what journalism can be with a little imagination. As the Utne staff writes of the Quarterly in its award summary, each volume “hosts a conversation around a central theme—education, money, nature—with 200 or so pages of snippets, excerpts, and artwork gleaned from more than two millennia of human intelligence and insight.”
Can’t argue with that. Congrats, guys.