Martin Amis on the rise of Trump, Tom Wolfe on the origins of speech, Art Spiegelman on Si Lewen, a story by Diane Williams, and more
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The rise of Trump
"If you have ever wondered what it’s like, being a young and avaricious teetotal German-American philistine on the make in Manhattan, then your curiosity will be quenched by The Art of the Deal."
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The Origins of Speech·

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In the beginning was Chomsky
"To Chomsky...every child’s language organ could use the 'deep structure,' 'universal grammar,' and 'language acquisition device' he was born with to express what he had to say, no matter whether it came out of his mouth in English or Urdu or Nagamese."
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An appreciation of Si Lewen and his Parade
"Si told me that various paintings had spoken to him, but he wished they had been hung closer together 'so they could talk to each other.' This observation planted a seed that would come to fruition years later in his mature work."
Artwork (detail) by Si Lewen

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The Cuban embargo continues
"Amid the festivities and the flood of celebrities, it would be easy for Americans to miss that the central plank of the long-standing cold war against Cuba — the economic embargo — remains very much alive and well."
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Chances that a Republican man believes that “poor people have hard lives”:

1 in 4

A school in South Korea was planning to deploy a robot to protect students from unwanted seductions.

Nuremberg’s Neues Museum filed a criminal complaint against a 91-year-old woman who completed a crossword puzzle that was in fact a $116,000 piece of avant-garde Danish art.

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Editor's Note — July 21, 2016, 3:35 pm

Inside the August Issue

Martin Amis on the rise of Trump, Tom Wolfe on the origins of speech, Art Spiegelman on Si Lewen, a story by Diane Williams, and more

Art, Sketch — July 21, 2016, 11:45 am

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Illustrations of Graham Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as it appeared between the 1930s and today.

Official Business — July 19, 2016, 12:46 pm

International Festival of the Living Press

See Harper’s Magazine contributors Art Spiegelman and Tomas van Houtryve at the International Festival of the Living Press in Couthures, France. Click here to download the program.

Weekly Review — July 19, 2016, 11:54 am

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A 19-year-old stripper in Connecticut was arrested for arson after police found her boyfriend’s DNA on a potato, which she had allegedly shoved in the tailpipe of a van owned by the man whose business she set on fire; and inmates at a jail in El Dorado, Kansas, rioted in protest of a mashed-potato lunch. A former U.S. intelligence official said pornography constituted 80 percent of the material on jihadists’ seized laptops, and Starbucks and McDonald’s made porn inaccessible from their Wi-Fi networks. Read more…

Art, Monday Gallery — July 18, 2016, 2:57 pm

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Photograph by Tomasz Gudzowaty, from his monograph Closer, published last month by Steidl. Courtesy Steidl

Postcard — July 14, 2016, 2:11 pm

Dorchester County

“The injuries of slavery and its aftermath are palpable across these villages and farm communities, and the region’s relationship with Tubman’s legacy, and that of the Underground Railroad is, to the outsider, surprisingly fraught.”

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