Do You Suffer From Lapham's Disease?

“The symptoms of this malady, named after the longtime editor of Harper’s, Lewis H. Lapham (now of Lapham’s Quarterly), include an elevated, orotund, deeply ironic prose style that, in severe cases, reveals almost nothing about what the topic is or what the author wishes to say about it except for a general sense of superiority to everyone and everything around.”
 — Michael Kinsley, who both succeeded and preceded Lewis Lapham as editor of Harper’s, explains “Lapham’s Disease.” The diagnosis does not appear to be new.