Lapham's Quarterly

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A Fish Tale

Typee, the most popular book Melville published in his lifetime, was his memoir of Polynesia. Most of it was probably made up.
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Rogue Wounds

A brief history of pretending to be sick.

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Enemy Aliens

The history of civilian internment camps.

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The Foreign Spell

To be a foreigner is to be perpetually detached, but it is also to be continually surprised.

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Reelin’ in the Years

Reconsidering Virginia Woolf’s novel, Orlando.

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Split Personalities

“Does a talent for comedy necessitate a tragic life?”

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My First Mistake

Adventures as a mortuary assistant.

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The Spoil of Mariners

The Arctic, sailors and scurvy.

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Last Meals

“It’s just like putting gas in a car that don’t have no motor.”

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Open Waters

Encounters with the sea.

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Around Alone

The story of 1968’s Golden Globe, a race to see who could become the first sailor to circumnavigate the world solo without stopping.

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Our Orgiastic Future

What the bountiful sex lives of bonobos—they enjoy deep kissing, oral sex, dry humping, and polyamory—can teach us about humanity.