Arab artists take up — and look past — regional politics
“When everyday life regularly throws up images of terror and drama and the technological sublime, how can a photographer compete?”
“Qalandia 2087, 2009,” by Wafa Hourani

The talking cure comes to Kurdistan

“There was torture by the previous regime and by the current Iraqi regime,” Dr. Amin said. “Torture by our Kurdish government, torture by Syrians, torture by the U.S.”
Visiting His Own Grave © Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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The miracle of Straight Life
“Heroin isn’t the weakness Art Pepper submits to; it’s the passion he revels in.”
Photograph (detail) © Laurie Pepper

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Criticism
New frontiers in pain compliance
"Policymakers, recognizing the growing influence of civil disobedience and riots on the direction of the nation, had already begun turning to science for a response."
Illustration by Richard Mia
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“Almond insists that watching football does more than feed an appetite for violence. It’s a kind of modern-day human sacrifice, and it makes us more likely to go to war.”
Photograph by Harold Edgerton

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Chance that a movie script copyrighted in the U.S. before 1925 was written by a woman:

1 in 2

Engineers funded by the United States military were working on electrical brain implants that will enable the creation of remote-controlled sharks.

Malaysian police were seeking fifteen people who appeared in an online video of the Malaysia-International Nude Sports Games 2014 Extravaganza, and Spanish police fined six Swiss tourists conducting an orgy in the back of a moving van for not wearing their seatbelts.

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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.

Postcard — August 19, 2014, 11:17 am

Iraq in Therapy

The talking cure comes to Kurdistan

Visiting His Own Grave © Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Weekly Review — August 19, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

Police crush protests in Ferguson, Missouri, an Iranian woman wins the Fields Medal, and jihadis appreciate the work of Robin Williams

ALL IN MY EYE

Art — August 15, 2014, 8:00 am

“Mauer Park,” an embroidered photograph by Diane Meyer

“Mauer Park,” an embroidered photograph by Diane Meyer, whose work was on view last month at Robert Mann Gallery, in New York City. © The artist. Courtesy Robert Mann Gallery, New York City. This image appears in the Readings section of the September 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Editor's Note — August 13, 2014, 6:28 pm

Introducing the September 2014 Issue

Where Israel and Palestine can go from here, Washington D.C.’s enduring legacy of racial strife, Edward O. Wilson on free will, and more

Harper’s Magazine, September 2014

Weekly Review — August 12, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

Police in Missouri kill an unarmed teenager, the U.S. government expands its terrorist database, and Justin Bieber saves a Russian fisherman

Babylonian Lion (thumb)

Art — August 8, 2014, 8:00 am

Montecito Palms, by Susan Goldsmith

Montecito Palms, white-gold leaf with pigment print, oil pastel, oil paint, and resin on panel, by Susan GoldsmithCourtesy the artist; Gallery Henoch, New York City; and Lanoue Gallery, Boston. This image accompanies the Findings section of the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Six Questions — August 7, 2014, 8:00 am

Astra Taylor on The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age

Astra Taylor discusses the potential and peril of the Internet as a tool for cultural democracy

Astra Taylor © Deborah Degraffenried

Postcard — August 6, 2014, 8:00 am

Virtualsity

Inventing the instruments of the future

Roger Linn with the Linnstrument © Roger Linn Design

Weekly Review — August 5, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

Alternating shelter bombings and ceasefires in Gaza; a do-nothing Congress whimpers feebly into recess; and India hires a troupe of black-faced-langur imitators

Harper’s Magazine, March 1876

Art — August 1, 2014, 8:00 am

“Mark Under Breaking Wave,” a photograph by Wayne Levin

“Mark Under Breaking Wave,” a photograph by Wayne Levin, whose work is currently on view at Clic Bookstore & Gallery, in New York City. © The artist. Courtesy Clic Bookstore & Gallery, New York City. This image appears in the Readings section of the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Perspective — July 31, 2014, 8:00 am

On Joyce and Syphilis

New evidence of the author’s suffering, and reflections on the scholarly debate

James Joyce © Photo Researchers/Getty Images

Postcard — July 30, 2014, 6:38 pm

My Un-Private Idaho

Bowe Bergdahl, the political-entertainment complex, and the personal costs of scandal

Fox & Friends, Friday, June 6, 2014

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The quixotic quest for a Gaza ceasefire; West African doctors face mortal peril; and Russian gecko porn, restored

An American Mastiff.

Art — July 25, 2014, 8:00 am

Trappers, a painting by David Salle

Trappers, a painting by David Salle, whose work was on view in June at Maureen Paley, in London. © The artist. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London. This image appears in the Readings section of the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

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