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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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A Study in Sherlock·

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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

Amount of trash left in New York City’s Central Park by people attending Earth Day festivities, in tons:

100

High ocean acidity from rising sea temperatures was causing the ears of baby damselfish to develop improperly; without ears, baby damselfish cannot hear (and thus locate) the reefs where they are meant to grow up.

Colombian author and Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez died at age 87. “You’d be at a bordello,” said the journalist Francisco Goldman, “and the woman would have one book by her bed and it would be Gabo’s.”

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Weekly Review — April 22, 2014, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

Boko Haram steps up its attacks in Nigeria, South Korea mourns a ferry disaster, and Gabriel García Márquez dies at 87

Saluting the Town (Stream)

Appreciation — April 21, 2014, 1:33 pm

Vara, A Blessing

Khyentse Norbu’s love poem to Old India

Still from Vara, A Blessing © Moving Temple Pictures

Art — April 21, 2014, 8:00 am

Sheer Cardigan and Avenida Amsterdam, paintings by Peter F. Gross

Sheer Cardigan and Avenida Amsterdam, paintings by Peter F. Gross, whose work was on view in January at Linda Hodges Gallery, in Seattle. Courtesy the artist and Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle. This photograph appears in the Readings section of the May 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Art — April 18, 2014, 8:00 am

“London” (detail), by Bill Brandt

“London” (detail), by Bill Brandt © Bill Brandt Archive Ltd. This photograph appears on the cover of the May 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

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.

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