Detail of the center panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights triptych, by Hieronymous Bosch, c. 1500. © Prado, Madrid / Bridgeman Images.


Volume IX, Number 4 | fall 2016


Scholars in the 1970s compiling the first comprehensive Sumerian dictionary struggled to interpret a phrase that translated into English as “He put a hot fish in her navel.”

And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

- Walt Whitman, 1855


LQ Podcast

#05 Ian Mortimer

Lewis Lapham talks with Ian Mortimer about the past millennium of human innovation. More