Sarah Topol follows the trade routes used by arms smugglers, Eric Foner explores the hidden history of the Underground Railroad, Karl Ove Knausgaard recounts a humiliating episode from grade school, and more
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Growing Up·

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Five coming-of-age stories
“The best coming-of-age stories have a hole in the middle. They pretend to be about knowledge, but they are usually about grasping, long after it could be of any use, one’s irretrievable ignorance.”
Photograph by Ben Pier

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Guns and Poses·

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Smuggling and subterfuge in the North African
“‘It’s open shopping,’ he said. ‘A warehouse. The whole of Libya.’”
Map by Mike Reagan

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The origins of the Underground Railroad
“The Vigilance Committee survived until the eve of the Civil War, and over the course of its several incarnations it propelled the plight of fugitives to the forefront of abolitionist consciousness.“
Photograph by Amani Willett

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Christmas in Prison·

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Greeting the holidays in an age of mass incarceration
“Just so you motherfuckers know, I’ll be spending Christmas with my family, eating a good meal, and you’ll all be here, right where you belong.”
Photographer unknown. Artwork courtesy Alyse Emdur

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Amount that President Obama has added to America’s “brand value” according to the Nation Brands Index:

$2,100,000,000,000

A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.

A former New York City police officer who had been arrested in 2012 for exchanging online messages about cooking women alive and eating them, and for illegally accessing data about potential victims in law-enforcement databases, was sentenced to time served.

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Publisher's Note — November 20, 2014, 7:25 pm

The New York Times tries to marginalize the left

“Nowhere did the Times define ‘the left’ or what might excite its opposition to Clinton. Our imaginations are allowed to run wild: Is ‘the left’ a terrorist organization? A part of the outfield? Or is it just not worth mentioning?”

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World leaders plan to boost GDP, the E.S.A. lands on a comet, and an artist looks for a needle in a haystack

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Editor's Note — November 13, 2014, 12:03 pm

Introducing the December 2014 Issue

Sarah Topol follows the trade routes used by arms smugglers, Eric Foner explores the hidden history of the Underground Railroad, Karl Ove Knausgaard recounts a humiliating episode from grade school, and more

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Republicans win the Senate, President Obama doubles the number of troops in Iraq, and Ted Cruz calls Net Neutrality “Obamacare for the Internet”

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Harper's in the News — November 10, 2014, 1:51 pm

Last Interview With First Brit to Perform Suicide Bombing

Suicide bomber Abu Sumayyah, who killed himself and eight others in Iraq, gave his final print interview to Harper’s

Conversation — November 4, 2014, 11:59 am

Discussing the “Radical Otherness” of Israel with Frédéric Brenner

Only such a spectrum of perspectives could really do justice to the complexities and to the fact that Israel is totally un-understandable.

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U.S. congressional candidates woo voters, Sweden recognizes Palestine, and the Pope says God is not a magician

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Six Questions — October 30, 2014, 2:00 pm

Discussing Man V. Nature with Diane Cook

I became curious about how a person might react to the kind of hardships that exist in the wild. It became one of the preoccupations of the book.”

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Ebola arrives in New York, a high school student opens fire on classmates in Washington, and protestors in Hong Kong worry that Kenny G is an agent of the Chinese government

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