The Harper's Index Book

Lewis H. Lapman, Author, Lewis Lapham, Author, Martim Avillez, Illustrator Henry Holt & Company $6.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-8050-0325-3
Gathered from the ""Harper's Index'' column in Harper's magazine, these facts are presented in stark language and frequently startle the reader: ``Portion of personal mail sent in 1985 that consisted of greeting cards: .'' Others capture the drifting tide of cultural events: ``Number of radio stations with a disco format today: 0.'' Numbers are combined in way to make eerie juxtapositions: ``Pounds of plutonium and highly enriched uranium that are missing from U.S. inventories: 9,600 pounds. Pounds of plutonium needed to make an atomic bomb: 15.'' Some baffle: ``Number of `telephone-related' injuries in 1985: 11,000.'' As Harper's editor Lapham notes, these numbers are ``fragmentary proofs of the world's density, wonder, contradictions, and desire.'' (June)
Reviewed on: 06/01/1987
Release date: 06/01/1987
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