= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

1940 / May | View All Issues |

May 1940

Personal and otherwise

1-2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 PDF

[various]·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.


Personal and otherwise

16-18 PDF

Soap-opera·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

561-569 PDF

An Australian-American axis?·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

570-577; 1 PDF

Should we buy Greenland?·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

587-597 PDF

The American communists·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

598-608 PDF

A ticket to Mexico·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

609-618 PDF

Wheeler of Montana·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

619-623 PDF

Singapore calling·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

624 PDF

Silence·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

625-634 PDF

Violence and collective bargaining·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

635-643; 4 PDF

Mississippi roustabout·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

652-653 PDF

Pastoral·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

654-664 PDF

The war of industries·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Allies’ toughest problem

One man’s meat

665 PDF

One man’s meat·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

One man’s meat

665 PDF

One man’s meat·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

One man’s meat

665 PDF

One man’s meat·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

One man’s meat

665-667 PDF

One man’s meat·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

One man’s meat

667 PDF

One man’s meat·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

One man’s meat

667-668 PDF

One man’s meat·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The easy chair

669-672 PDF

Remember “The Pink Lady”?·

= 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

A Goose in a Dress

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Genealogy of Orals

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Neoliberal Arts

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Gangs of Karachi

= 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