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Episode #30

Lewis Lapham

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Lewis Lapham (Courtesy Lapham's Quarterly)

This week Alec talks with Lewis Lapham, who's been refining his prose for over 50 years. Lapham says he still has to write “three or four or five, sometimes eight drafts of something,” but takes pleasure in “getting it right.”  Today, he’s at the helm of Lapham’s Quarterly. He was at Harper’s for many years – and he started out at The San Francisco Examiner before stints at The Saturday Evening Post and Life.  

To talk with Lewis Lapham, you’re struck with the sensation that you’ve stumbled onto the set of a 1940’s film noir movie.  He wears pressed suits and pocket squares -- and his stories evoke another era. He tells Alec about being a rookie reporter at The Examiner and what it was like to go on a meditation retreat with the Beatles in India.

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Comments [6]

Rondy K. Smith from Montgomery, AL

Great show. Baldwin is the best interviewer ever. Everything about the interviewing is better than I've ever heard.

Thanks for the entertaining and informative podcast.

Dec. 19 2012 01:10 PM

Now, of course, I want to know more about this "Minksy" person.

Dec. 12 2012 07:39 PM
s from Maine

Your show blurb says, "This week Alec talks with Lewis Lapham, whose been refining his prose for over 50 years. Lapham says he still has to write “three or four or five, sometimes eight drafts of something,” but takes pleasure in “getting it right.” Whose? Really? It should be who's or, more properly, who has. Mr Lapham, a wordsmith of significant note, would be furious!

Dec. 12 2012 05:40 PM
Jane from Australia

Very interesting interview Alec. Found this timely quote (among a few books of his now on my list) by Mr. Lapham : “Whether lawyer, politician or executive, the American who knows what's good for his career seeks an institutional rather than an individual identity. He becomes the man from NBC or IBM. The institutional imprint furnishes him with pension, meaning, proofs of existence. A man without a company name is a man without a country. As a journalist he didn't have to sell out, very admirable. Please have him on the program again, would love to hear his perspective / views on the world banking infrastructure.

Dec. 11 2012 05:57 PM
J.F.T. from LI, NY

Thank you for a very interesting interview with Mr. Lewis Lapham. Nice listening to all he had to say about the 60's and the Beatles. Very enjoyable.

Dec. 11 2012 03:15 PM
KEVIN ROTHMAN from Greenwich library

Alec great show,Good,insights,from your point of view,being in "the bussiness"Looking fwd,to more shows,in the new year!Stay well.Happy Holidays,to you an your,newlywed,wife.Peace KJ [\]

Dec. 11 2012 11:23 AM

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