Jessica Bruder on the end of retirement, Mary Gordon on the new Vatican, Laura Kipnis on narcissism, and more
The End of Retirement·

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When you can’t afford to stop working
“For those riding the economy’s outermost edge, adaptation may now mean giving up what full-time RV dwellers call ‘stick houses’ to hit the road and seek work.”
Photograph (detail) © Max Whittaker

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An ex–Jehovah’s Witness visits Watchtower headquarters

“Bethel was Oz-like for me. I mean that with all the awe, utter hopefulness, and mythic fear with which Dorothy and her friends had approached that magical city.”
Photograph (detail) ©© Clemens v. Vogelson (Flickr)
The Octopus and Its Grandchildren·

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On Stanford University’s origins and vision
“The pervasive fantasy that Silicon Valley doesn’t need the government obscures the role of that government in funding much of the research that built it.”
Photograph © Sallie Dean Shatz

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Will a four-game stint as a World Cup host city improve life in Manaus?

“I’m not giving a dime to FIFA. You know they’re not paying taxes on any of this?”
Photograph © The author

Chance that an American believes Ramadan is the Jewish day of atonement:

1 in 10

Mathematicians discovered the existence of a pseudoprime that is the sum of 10,333,229,505 known primes and contains roughly 295 billion digits but cannot be represented precisely because the mathematician who found it lacks sufficient RAM.

On the eve of Independence Day in Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko delivered a speech in Belarusian instead of Russian for the first time in 20 years, disproving rumors that he can no longer speak the language.

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Art — July 11, 2014, 8:00 am

Furthur!, by William Monk

Furthur!, an oil and copper painting on canvas by William Monk, whose work was on view last month at Grimm Gallery, in Amsterdam. Courtesy the artist and De Nederlandsche Bank Art Collection. This image appears in the Readings section of the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Editor's Note — July 10, 2014, 1:05 pm

Introducing the August 2014 Issue

Jessica Bruder on the end of retirement, Mary Gordon on the new Vatican, Laura Kipnis on narcissism, and more

Harper's Magazine, August 2014

Personal and Otherwise — July 10, 2014, 12:15 pm

God Lives on Lemon Street

An ex–Jehovah’s Witness visits Watchtower headquarters

Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower building, Brooklyn. ©© Clemens v. Vogelsang (Flickr)

Postcard — July 8, 2014, 1:40 pm

World Cup Boom and Bust

Will a four-game stint as a World Cup host city improve life in Manaus?

Rua 3, barrio Alvorada, Manaus © Chris Feliciano Arnold

Weekly Review — July 8, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

Tensions rise over murders in Israel and Palestine, the VA schedules an appointment for a deceased veteran, and the Vatican legitimizes Catholic exorcists

ALL IN MY EYE

Conversation — July 7, 2014, 8:00 am

Ken Silverstein’s The Secret World of Oil

On the endemic corruption of the global oil industry

Ken Silverstein © Gabriel Silverstein-Rivera

Art — July 4, 2014, 8:00 am

Photograph by Francine Fleischer from her series Swim: The Water in Between.

From Swim: The Water in Between, a photographic series by Francine FleischerCourtesy the artist. This photograph accompanies the Findings section of the July 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Browsings — July 2, 2014, 12:55 pm

Brussels Spleen

“Belgium is a sniveling little ragamuffin . . .”

From “Vagabondizing in Belgium” (Harper’s Magazine, August 1858)

Six Questions — July 1, 2014, 2:02 pm

Christopher Beha on Arts and Entertainments

Christopher Beha discusses sex tapes as literary vehicle, the celebrity impulse, and the problematic absence of religion in American literature

Christopher Beha © Ira Lipkke

Weekly Review — July 1, 2014, 8:00 am

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The U.S. Supreme Court weakens the ACA’s contraception mandate; ISIL attempts to legitimize its territorial gains in the Middle East; and Facebook gives you feelings 

Babylonian Lion (thumb)

Six Questions — June 30, 2014, 11:00 am

Jeff Sharlet on Radiant Truths

Jeff Sharlet on his collection of essential dispatches, reports, confessions, and other essays on American belief

Jeff Sharlet
Oo Dharma Nanda, Harper’s Magazine, October 1902

Harper's Finest — June 30, 2014, 11:00 am

Mary McCarthy’s “Artists in Uniform” (1953)

“He actually said these awful things. But the story is McCarthy’s arrangement of the colonel’s utterance of the words and of her changing perception of their meaning.”

From Artists in Uniform, Harper’s Magazine, March 1953

Art — June 27, 2014, 8:00 am

“Tabatioca,” a photo collage by Caio Reisewitz

“Tabatioca,” a photo collage by Caio Reisewitz, whose work is currently on view at the International Center of Photography, in New York City. © The artist. Courtesy Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo. This photo collage appears in the Readings section of the July 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Appreciation — June 26, 2014, 8:00 am

The Twenty-Three Best Train Songs Ever Written—Maybe

From Johnny Cash to “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”

“Ascending the Alleghanies,” Harper’s Magazine (June 1859)

Studio Window — June 25, 2014, 8:01 am

Karine Laval’s Eclipses

Photographs that push the boundaries of what a photograph can be

“Eclipse #1,” crumpled and exposed photographic paper by Karine Laval

Official Business — June 25, 2014, 8:00 am

Garry Winogrand at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A retrospective exhibition from June 27 to September 21 in New York City

Albuquerque, New Mexico (1957), gelatin silver print by Garry Winogrand Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Postcard — June 24, 2014, 4:44 pm

Below the Beautiful Horizon

Futebol and family in Belo Horizonte during the opening week of the World Cup

Photograph by Chris Feliciano Arnold

Weekly Review — June 24, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

Joy, agony, and racism at the 2014 World Cup; ISIL on the march in Iraq; and crowd-surfing to Handel’s Messiah

Harper’s Magazine, March 1876

Six Questions — June 23, 2014, 8:00 am

Rivka Galchen on American Innovations: Stories

The characters in Rivka Galchen’s new collection, American Innovations, are as surprised and confused by time travel, mysterious growths, and encounters with the dead as they are by being unemployed, getting divorced, and falling in love. In “Once an Empire,” which was published in the February 2010 issue of Harper’s Magazine, a woman arrives home to find her furniture climbing down the fire escape. Other stories revisit such classics as Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and Borges’s “The Aleph,” but consider them all from the perspectives of women. In each story, Galchen creates a world at once recognizable but disturbed, uncertain …

Rivka Galchen © Sandy Tait

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