Can Obama’s new campaign bring change?

“This is not a fable about a young woman whose dreams were dashed by a sexual predator. Maya’s narrative is one of institutional failure at a school desperately trying to adapt.”
Photograph © AP/Josh Reynolds
Kandahar’s Mystery Executions·

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Are the Afghan police using torture to achieve peace?
“He told me he was made to stand on an ice block for thirty minutes at a time, and would then be forced to run barefoot across the gravel while an officer cable-whipped him.”
Photograph (detail) © Victor J. Blue

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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.”
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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
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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

Number of babies born in Alberta, Canada, last year who were given the name “Unique”:

2

Prehistoric hunters drove the giant ground sloth to extinction.

Comedian Joan Rivers died at age 81. “I finally found out how priests get holy water,” Rivers once said. “They boil the hell out of it.”

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Editor's Note — September 12, 2014, 12:41 pm

Introducing the October 2014 Issue

Rebecca Solnit on silencing women, a Marine commander returns to Iraq, the decline of PBS, and more

Harper’s Magazine, October 2014

Art — September 12, 2014, 8:00 am

Monument, a painting by Sarah Awad

Monument, a painting by Sarah Awad, whose work was on view last year at Diane Rosenstein, in Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist and Diane Rosenstein, Los Angeles. This image appears in the Readings section of the October 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Publisher's Note — September 11, 2014, 1:49 pm

Is France in peril? Au contraire!

“To compete with tight-fisted, export-driven Germany, France needs to devalue its currency, but it can’t, since it doesn’t have its own currency.”

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Special Feature — September 9, 2014, 4:32 pm

Ending College Sexual Assault

Can Obama’s new campaign bring change?

© AP Photo/Josh Reynolds

Weekly Review — September 9, 2014, 8:00 am

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ISIL murders journalist Steven Sotloff; Satan in Moscow and Detroit; and Florida police play Cherries Waffles Tennis

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Art — September 5, 2014, 8:00 am

Netter, a painting by Bradley Castellanos

Netter, a painting by Bradley Castellanos, whose work was on view last year at the Miami Project Art Fair, in Miami. Courtesy the artist and RYAN LEE, New York City. This image appears in the Readings section of the September 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Postcard — September 4, 2014, 7:00 pm

Lunch at the Robot Grill

What Japan’s automats portend for American restaurant chains

Outside a shokkenki restaurant, Tokyo © Aaron Gilbreath

Perspective — September 3, 2014, 8:00 am

On Maleness and Deep Springs College

An alumnus reflects on the possibility of female students at Deep Springs

Farm work at Deep Springs College ©© Sean Fraga (Flickr)

Memento Mori — September 2, 2014, 5:33 pm

Charles Bowden (1945–2014)

We at Harper’s Magazine are grieved to learn of the sudden passing of long-time contributor Charles Bowden. His articles for the magazine appeared from the 1980s through the early years of the present century, and they could hardly be rivaled for their brutal honesty and intensity. His memoir, “Torch Song,” from the August 1998 issue, is available to read for free, and subscribers can read all the rest of his suberb work from the magazine here.

Weekly Review — September 2, 2014, 8:00 am

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Kurdish and Shia forces battle ISIL in Iraq; a ceasefire takes hold in Gaza; and Barack Obama’s audacious taupe

“Air" (from William Blake)

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

Weekly Review

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

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

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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

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