Rebecca Solnit on silencing women, a Marine commander returns to Iraq, the decline of PBS, and more
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On silencing women
“The old framework of feminine mendacity and murky-mindedness is still routinely trotted out, and we should learn to recognize it for what it is.”
Photograph © Sallie Dean Shatz

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Can Obama’s new campaign bring change?

“This is not a fable about a young woman whose dreams were dashed by a sexual predator. Maya’s narrative is one of institutional failure at a school desperately trying to adapt.”
Photograph © AP/Josh Reynolds
 
"Clothes are a bit like eating: you have to dress yourself. You have to eat, and even if you eat pizza all day long, that’s still a choice."
Photograph © G Powell
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A Marine returns to a divided Iraq
“Iraq has every disease there is; its mind is deranged with too many voices, its organs corrupted, its limbs only long enough to tear at its own body.”
Photograph by Benjamin Busch

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Abortions per 1,000 live births in New York City:

852

Researchers discovered an “Obama effect”: African Americans’ performance on a verbal test improved, to equal that of white Americans, immediately after Obama’s nomination and his election.

“All I saw,” said a 12-year-old neighbor of visits to the man’s house, “was just cats in little diapers.”

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Art — September 19, 2014, 8:00 am

“From Cipango II” and “From Cipango III,” gelatin silver prints by Bianca Sforni

“From Cipango II” and “From Cipango III,” gelatin silver prints by Bianca Sforni, whose work was on view in July at Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, in New York City. Courtesy Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York City. This image appears in the Readings section of the October 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Heart of Empire — September 18, 2014, 2:55 pm

Flying Blind

The U.S. air-power lobby, botched bombing missions, and bootless combat.

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Six Questions — September 17, 2014, 8:00 am

Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton on Women in Clothes

Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton discuss how the clothes we wear shape our lives

Leanne Shapton, Sheila Heti, and Heidi Julavits © G Powell

Weekly Review — September 16, 2014, 8:00 am

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Obama announces air strikes in Iraq; a monsoon superfloods India; and California nudists cover up for the Man

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Editor's Note — September 12, 2014, 12:41 pm

Introducing the October 2014 Issue

Rebecca Solnit on silencing women, a Marine commander returns to Iraq, the decline of PBS, and more

Harper’s Magazine, October 2014

Art — September 12, 2014, 8:00 am

Monument, a painting by Sarah Awad

Monument, a painting by Sarah Awad, whose work was on view last year at Diane Rosenstein, in Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist and Diane Rosenstein, Los Angeles. This image appears in the Readings section of the October 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Publisher's Note — September 11, 2014, 1:49 pm

Is France in peril? Au contraire!

“To compete with tight-fisted, export-driven Germany, France needs to devalue its currency, but it can’t, since it doesn’t have its own currency.”

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Special Feature — September 9, 2014, 4:32 pm

Ending College Sexual Assault

Can Obama’s new campaign bring change?

© AP Photo/Josh Reynolds

Weekly Review — September 9, 2014, 8:00 am

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ISIL murders journalist Steven Sotloff; Satan in Moscow and Detroit; and Florida police play Cherries Waffles Tennis

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Art — September 5, 2014, 8:00 am

Netter, a painting by Bradley Castellanos

Netter, a painting by Bradley Castellanos, whose work was on view last year at the Miami Project Art Fair, in Miami. Courtesy the artist and RYAN LEE, New York City. This image appears in the Readings section of the September 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Postcard — September 4, 2014, 7:00 pm

Lunch at the Robot Grill

What Japan’s automats portend for American restaurant chains

Outside a shokkenki restaurant, Tokyo © Aaron Gilbreath

Perspective — September 3, 2014, 8:00 am

On Maleness and Deep Springs College

An alumnus reflects on the possibility of female students at Deep Springs

Farm work at Deep Springs College ©© Sean Fraga (Flickr)

Memento Mori — September 2, 2014, 5:33 pm

Charles Bowden (1945–2014)

We at Harper’s Magazine are grieved to learn of the sudden passing of long-time contributor Charles Bowden. His articles for the magazine appeared from the 1980s through the early years of the present century, and they could hardly be rivaled for their brutal honesty and intensity. His memoir, “Torch Song,” from the August 1998 issue, is available to read for free, and subscribers can read all the rest of his superb work from the magazine here.

Weekly Review — September 2, 2014, 8:00 am

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Kurdish and Shia forces battle ISIL in Iraq; a ceasefire takes hold in Gaza; and Barack Obama’s audacious taupe

“Air" (from William Blake)

Art — August 29, 2014, 8:00 am

“Black Swans, Kellidie Bay,” a photograph by Kate Breakey

“Black Swans, Kellidie Bay,” a photograph made using a motion-detecting infrared camera, by Kate Breakey, whose work is on view this month at Etherton Gallery, in Tucson, Arizona, and Stephen L. Clark Gallery, in Austin, Texas. © The artist. This image appears in the Readings section of the September 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Six Questions — August 28, 2014, 12:56 pm

William Deresiewicz on Excellent Sheep

William Deresiewicz discusses the miseducation of the American elite

William Deresiewicz © Mary Ann Halpin

Appraisal — August 26, 2014, 4:00 pm

Art Beyond Politics

At the New Museum’s latest show, Arab artists take up — and look past — regional politics to question their own modes of expression

“Qalandia 2087, 2009,” a mixed-media installation in six parts by Wafa Hourani

Weekly Review — August 26, 2014, 8:00 am

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Demilitarizing Ferguson; the disparate fates of Middle East hostages; and the long and short of German sausages

“His Majesty Frank Penguin, King of the Brutes” (January 1857)

Art — August 22, 2014, 8:00 am

Motorcycle in Landscape, a painting by Terry Rowlett

Motorcycle in Landscape, a painting by Terry Rowlett, whose work will be on view next month at the Georgia Museum of Art, in Athens. © The artist. This image appears in the Readings section of the September 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Art — August 20, 2014, 8:00 am

“Fishing Boats at Hastings” and “The Sculler,” photographs made from decayed glass-plate negatives, by Tessa Traeger, from the Chemistry of Light series. Traeger is taking part in the Water Tank project. Her water tank can be seen at 110 Fulton Street, in New York City. Courtesy the artist

“Fishing Boats at Hastings” and “The Sculler,” photographs made from decayed glass-plate negatives, by Tessa Traeger, from the Chemistry of Light series. Traeger is taking part in the Water Tank project. Her water tank can be seen at 110 Fulton Street, in New York City. Courtesy the artist. These images accompany the Findings section of the September 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

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