One of Newport Libraryʼs newest magazines is Laphamʼs Quarterly. Each issue focuses on a particular theme and the amazing editors at Laphams in New York City collect essays, artwork, poetry and short fiction from all over the world and across three thousand years of world history to illuminate and expand on that theme.
The Winter 2014 issue is entitled “Comedy” and features over 220 pages with short, humorous contributions from almost 100 different writers, including Mark Twain, Woody Allen, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Chris Rock and Homer (the Greek one). Thereʼs even a collection of jokes from 15th century Florence! The issue also includes over 200 works of comedic visual art: Japanese wood block prints, sculpture both ancient and modern, photography by Annie Leibovitz and Henri Cartier-Bresson, paintings by Goya, Velazquez, and many, many others.
Laphamʼs Quarterly is an ambitious and thought-provoking new journal of ideas and culture and history. Itʼs quickly become one of my favorite magazines in our collection. You can reserve it here.
And an especial thank-you to the patron who suggested we carry this title!