= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

1954 / March | View All Issues |

March 1954

illustration

Front cover PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.


Letters

4, 6, 8 PDF

Letters·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The easy chair

10-11, 14-16 PDF

Intramural giveaway·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Personal and otherwise

18-21 PDF

J. Edgar Hoover and the politicians·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

25-31 PDF

How good is an FBI report?·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

31 PDF

Hmm . . .·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

32-34 PDF

The case for light verse·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

35-39 PDF

The scar·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A story

Article

40-47 PDF

America’s passion for culture·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

47 PDF

To a new icon·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

48-49 PDF

The workingman looks at the boss·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

50-56 PDF

Tensing of Everest·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

56 PDF

That old feeling (British version)·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

57-65 PDF

Spanish journey·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Collection

Front cover, 57-92, 94 PDF

Travel in Europe·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

59 PDF

Current books on Spain·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

62 PDF

Restaurants in Barcelona and Madrid·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

64 PDF

Wines of Spain·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

66-67 PDF

Towers·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

68-71 PDF

Scandinavia on wheels·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

78-82 PDF

The eternal pull of Rome·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

82-84 PDF

Shopping and eating in Rome·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

84 PDF

Nobody here but us tireless researchers, Boss·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

85-89 PDF

One man’s Yugoslavia·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

90-92, 94 PDF

Grinning and bearing the British·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

After hours

95-96 PDF

How to look at a museum·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

After hours

96 PDF

How to live in a castle·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

After hours

96-99 PDF

Many tongues·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The new books

100, 102, 104-106 PDF

The new books·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Books in brief

106-107 PDF

Books in brief·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Books in brief

107-108 PDF

Forecast·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The new recordings

110-112 PDF

The new recordings·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The new recordings

110-112 PDF

Things as they actually were·

= 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