Press: Zigging and Zagging at Harper's

Under Editor Lapham, consistency is a hobgoblin banished

In the small world of opinion magazines, creed is usually constant. Rarely are readers surprised by where the New Republic, for instance, National Review, Commentary or Atlantic comes down on a given issue. Harper's is something else. The 128-year-old monthly has changed editors three times since 1967, creating a slight zigzag effect. Now the magazine once known for its cheerful progressivism appears to have taken a tendentious turn to the right.

Consider, as evidence, the January issue. The cover piece, by California Republican Senator S.I. Hayakawa,...

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