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Photographs from the birthplace of quinoa

“In Thunupa’s footsteps grew a miraculous plant that could withstand drought, cold, and even salt, and still produce a nutritious grain.”
Photograph by Lisa M. Hamilton
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How the detective escaped his creator
“It is central to the pleasure of the Sherlock Holmes stories that they invite play, and that they were never meant to be taken seriously.”
Illustration by Frederic Dorr Steele

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Havoc, and spoil, and ruin be thy gain

“1. Death, The Sound of Perseverance (Nuclear Blast, 1998)”
Photograph (detail) by Peter Beste
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Found Money·

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Televised auctions and the Great Recession
“I have spent my entire adult existence in a recession. Like most people I talk to, I assume the forces that control the market are at best random and at worst rigged. The auction shows only confirm that suspicion.”
Illustration by Steven Dana

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The university at the heart of Venezuelan protest

“The University of Venezuela has provided a consistent counterweight to governmental authority, but it has also reliably produced the elite of whatever group replaced the status quo.”
Photograph © Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez

Percentage of Americans who say they would not enjoy spending time with their own clone:

70

Astronomers recorded the most powerful pulse of radiation ever observed; the radiation was emitted from a pulsar 12,000 light-years from Earth and was “capable of totally vaporising and ionising all known materials, shredding them into hot plasma.”

Alberta dentist Michael Zuk, the owner of a molar that belonged to John Lennon, revealed that he hoped to clone a new Lennon and raise him as a son. “Hopefully keep him away from drugs,” said Zuk, “but, you know, guitar lessons wouldn’t hurt.”

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Special Feature — April 17, 2014, 12:30 pm

Native Lands

Photographs from the birthplace of quinoa

Thunupa © Lisa M. Hamilton

Publisher's Note — April 17, 2014, 12:12 pm

More Irksome Than a California Quake

The taming of a once-wild state

Writing a Book

Postcard — April 16, 2014, 4:32 pm

The School of Permanent Revolución

The university at the heart of Venezuelan protest

Colectivo poster outside the Central University of Venezuela hospital in Caracas. © Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez

Appreciation — April 16, 2014, 8:00 am

My Top 5 Metal Albums and Their Poetic Counterparts

Havoc, and spoil, and ruin be thy gain

The audience at Inferno Festival, Ohio, by Peter Beste

Weekly Review — April 15, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

The infiltration of eastern Ukraine, the pain of Heartbleed, and the wrath of God Gazarov

Harper’s Magazine, March 1876

Art — April 14, 2014, 8:00 am

“Afarsek (Peach),” a photograph by Tal Shochat

“Afarsek (Peach),” a photograph by Tal Shochat, whose work was on view last March at Shulamit Gallery, in Venice, California. Courtesy the artist and Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York City. This photograph appears in the Readings section of the May 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Harper's Finest — April 11, 2014, 5:13 pm

Dan Halpern’s “Citizen Walmart” (2012)

The retail giant’s unlikely romance with small farmers

Photograph by Thomas Allen

Editor's Note — April 10, 2014, 3:28 pm

Introducing the May 2014 Issue

The life-coach industry, quinoa quarreling, and the comedy of Doug Stanhope

Harper’s Magazine (May 2014)

Weekly Review — April 8, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

Afghanistan votes, the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of wealthy political donors, and China standardizes its pets 

A Humbug (thumb)

Postcard — April 7, 2014, 5:37 pm

The Ghost Polls of Afghanistan

Election Day in Afghanistan’s hinterlands

A polling station at a school in Dasht-e Towp. © Matthieu Aikins

Postcard — April 7, 2014, 5:37 pm

A Day of Blue Fingers

Election Day in Afghanistan’s capital

Afghan men line up outside a polling station to cast their ballots in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 5, 2014. © AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad

Art — April 7, 2014, 8:00 am

Photograph by Zhang Xiao from his monograph Shanxi

Photograph by Zhang Xiao from his monograph Shanxi, published last December by Little Big ManCourtesy the artist and Little Big Man. This photograph appears in the Readings section of the April 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Postcard — April 1, 2014, 12:43 pm

Push Poll

Registering to vote in Kabul

Lining up for voter-registration cards outside a school in northern Kabul. © Mujib Mushal

Postcard — April 1, 2014, 11:45 am

The Deepwater Horizon Spill, Four Years On

Preparing for an expedition to sites affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Dr. Samantha Joye in front of the Alvin aboard the Atlantis in Gulfport, Mississippi, March 29, 2014 © Antonia Juhasz

Weekly Review — April 1, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

Ennui sets into the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Guinea combats Ebola, and the distinctive arson of Cameo Crispi 

Harper’s Magazine, March 1876

Art — March 31, 2014, 8:00 am

“Untitled,” a photograph by Rinko Kawauchi

“Untitled,” a photograph by Rinko Kawauchi, whose monograph SHEETS was published in November by Kominek Books. Courtesy the artist and ROSEGALLERY, Santa Monica, California. This photograph appears in the Readings section of the April 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Postcard — March 30, 2014, 7:25 pm

Hands Over Istanbul

About town with the aspiring lords of Byzantium

AKP supporters look on as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an speaks in Istanbul. © Piotr Zalewski

Six Questions — March 28, 2014, 1:05 pm

The Empathy Exams: Essays

Leslie Jamison on empathy in craft and in life

Leslie Jamison © Colleen Kinder

No Comment — March 28, 2014, 12:32 pm

Scott Horton Debates John Rizzo on Democracy Now!

On CIA secrecy, torture, and war-making powers

Illustration by Terry Stevenson, Harper's Magazine (Dec. 1974) (detail)

Personal and Otherwise — March 27, 2014, 12:08 pm

Death at the Serena

Remembering Ahmad Sardar and his family

Vigil for Ahmad Sardar and his family © AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini

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