Castles in Air

The American democracy and dream are the building of castles in air. Whither goeth the one so goeth the other, these days up in smoke and the spout.

Lapham’s Quarterly
16 min readNov 12, 2018

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Roman-style interior swimming pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA.

By Lewis H. Lapham

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.
— Norman Douglas

There may not be an “American character,”…

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