= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

1901 / March | View All Issues |

March 1901

Article

497-504 PDF

Seville·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.


Fiction

505-509 PDF

The soft-hearted Sioux·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

510-528 PDF

The portion of labor (part I, chaps. I-III)·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

528 PDF

The hills o’Skye·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

555-560 PDF

Thicker than water·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

561 PDF

The records of the snow·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

562-563 PDF

The street of Beauport·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

564-580 PDF

Colonel Starbottle for the plaintiff·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

581-590 PDF

The John Day fossil beds·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

591-599 PDF

The trust issue at Stonetop·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

599 PDF

The voice of the mountain·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

600-606 PDF

In the box canon of the Gila·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

606 PDF

The poet·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

607-626 PDF

The right of way (part III, chaps. XII-XVII)·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

627-632, 629-632 PDF

The moving finger·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

640 PDF

The song of a Buddhist lover·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Reviews

640-643 PDF

Editor’s easy chair·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

644-647 PDF

Editor’s study·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

648 PDF

Editor’s study·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

649-651 PDF

Gideon’s battle·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Cartoon

651 PDF

Little family amenities·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

651-652 PDF

The reward of politeness·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Cartoon

652-655 PDF

Mr. Podgers’s new automobile·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Joke

653 PDF

Transferrence·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Joke

653 PDF

Light for Jones·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Joke

653-654 PDF

The infant class·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Joke

654 PDF

Youthful sympathy·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

654-655 PDF

My fatal blunders·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

655 PDF

Philosophy·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Cartoon

656 PDF

The humane Dr. Brown·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

656 PDF

Punitive measures·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

632, 633-639 PDF

Nature of life after death·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Get access to 165 years of
Harper’s for only $45.99

United States Canada

THE CURRENT ISSUE

September 2015

Weed Whackers

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Tremendous Machine

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A Goose in a Dress

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Genealogy of Orals

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Article
Romancing Kano·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:

The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.

leadership
service
integrity
creativity

Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.

Article
The Prisoner of Sex·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“It is disappointing that parts of Purity read as though Franzen urgently wanted to telegraph a message to anyone who would defend his fiction from charges of chauvinism: ‘No, you’ve got me wrong. I really am sexist.’”
Illustration by Shonagh Rae
Article
Gangs of Karachi·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“In Karachi, sometimes only the thinnest of polite fictions separates the politicians from the men who kill and extort on their behalf.”
Photograph © Asim Rafiqui/NOOR Images
Article
Weed Whackers·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“Defining 'native' and 'invasive' in an ever-shifting natural world poses some problems. The camel, after all, is native to North America, though it went extinct here 8,000 years ago, while the sacrosanct redwood tree is invasive, having snuck in at some point in the past 65 million years.”
Photograph by Chad Ress
Article
The Neoliberal Arts·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“College is seldom about thinking or learning anymore. Everyone is running around trying to figure out what it is about. So far, they have come up with buzzwords, mainly those three.”
Artwork by Julie Cockburn

Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:

65

An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.

A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.

Subscribe to the Weekly Review newsletter. Don’t worry, we won’t sell your email address!

HARPER’S FINEST

Subways Are for Sleeping

By

“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”

Subscribe Today