I have been quite aware of Lapham's dedication to the mediocre. That is why I no longer subscribe to Harper's. But his piece reminds me of the deathless proposal of the late Roman Hruska, GOP senator from my native Nebraska.
Hruska defended President Richard Nixon's nomination of the utterly mediocre G. Harold Carswell to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court by claiming that the mediocrities of our fair land deserved to have one of their own represent them on the highest court. This was, of course, self-serving since Hruska was among the most mediocre of men.
ISADORE M. RICHLIN