Lewis Lapham to leave helm of Harper’s

From the CBC:

Lewis_narrowweb__200x233Lewis H. Lapham, the influential editor of Harper’s Magazine, has announced he will retire as editor in the spring.

Lapham, 70, said he would take on the title of editor emeritus and would continue to write his Notebook column on a regular basis.

As editor of Harper’s for almost 30 years, Lapham has wielded enormous influence on U.S. ideas and letters. Considered “left-wing” by many in the current U.S. administration, he has made it his business to take on the hypocrisy and corruption of world leaders and social systems.

His Notebook column has won the National Magazine Award and his hand can be seen in the tone of Harper’s mix of essays, fiction and “readings.”

In an interview with the New York Times, he described the magazine as: “about inquiry. It’s not about the promulgation of the truth, it’s about a search for the truth.”

Lapham said a new editor would be named within the month, but did not say if he had handpicked his successor.

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