= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

1961 / May | View All Issues |

May 1961

illustration

Front cover PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.


Letters

6, 8, 10 PDF

Letters·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The easy chair

12, 14, 16, 21-22 PDF

A better way with press conferences·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

After hours

23-25 PDF

Exigencies of eighty·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

After hours

25-27 PDF

A science lecture for any occasion·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

33 PDF

Naming the colors·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

38-42 PDF

Everything’s up-to-date in Texas . . . but me·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

43-45 PDF

A cure for bewitchment·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

46-47 PDF

Introductory comment·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Collection

46-49 PDF

Apocalypse·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

47-49 PDF

The place of mystery in the life of the mind·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

50-54 PDF

The pitchman·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

53 PDF

The Danaids·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

63-68 PDF

The polarizing force·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A story

Article

73-76 PDF

America’s wandering scholars·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

78-82 PDF

Which scientists win Nobel prizes?·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Public and personal

83-87 PDF

Public and personal·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Public and personal

83-87 PDF

The invisible gentleman from Kansas City·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The new books

88, 90, 92, 94, 96-98 PDF

The literature of development·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Coming in Harper’s]

92 PDF

[Coming in Harper's]·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Books in brief

98-101 PDF

Books in brief·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Books in brief

101 PDF

Forecast·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Music in the round

102 PDF

And also . . .·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Music in the round

102-104 PDF

Experimental music·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

1961-1916

Jazz notes

104 PDF

Jazz notes·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Jazz notes

104 PDF

Ornette·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

105 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Collection

Front cover, 105-152 PDF

The mood of the Russian people·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

106 PDF

Foreword·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

107-112 PDF

The public mood·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

112 PDF

What price rockets?·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

113-117 PDF

The grandmothers·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

114 PDF

What the cultured typist will wear·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

118-121 PDF

“We don’t breathe easily”·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

127 PDF

Rumble on the Black Sea·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

129 PDF

The over-stuffed mind·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

132 PDF

Poems underground·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Introductory note

Poetry

133 PDF

Poems underground·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Contemporary reflections

Poetry

133 PDF

Poems underground·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

About Jews

Poetry

133 PDF

Poems underground·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The deceived

Poetry

134 PDF

Poems underground·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Propaganda

Poetry

134 PDF

Poems underground·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Man

Poetry

134 PDF

Poems underground·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Judge and referee

Article

135-139 PDF

Among Russia’s Jews·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Notes from a diary

Article

139 PDF

In search of heroes·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

140-146 PDF

Death of a writer·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

147-152 PDF

On the road in Russia·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

151 PDF

In search of laughter·

= 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

October 2016

Psychedelic Trap

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Hamilton Cult

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Held Back

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Division Street

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Innocents

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Quiet Car

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Article
The Hamilton Cult·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

"The past is complicated, and explaining it is not just a trick, but a gamble."
Illustration by Jimmy Turrell
Article
Division Street·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

"Perfectly sane people lose access to housing every day, though the resultant ordeal may undermine some of that sanity, as it might yours and mine."
Photograph © Robert Gumpert
Article
Held Back·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

"'We don’t know where the money went!' a woman cried out. 'They looted it! They stole our money!'"
Artwork by Mischelle Moy
Article
The Quiet Car·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Flor Arely Sánchez had been in bed with a fever and pains throughout her body for three days when a July thunderstorm broke over the mountainside. She got nervous when bolts of light flashed in the sky. Lightning strikes the San Julián region of western El Salvador several times a year, and her neighbors fear storms more than they fear the march of diseases — first dengue, then chikungunya, now Zika. Flor worried about a lot of things, since she was pregnant.

Late in the afternoon, when the pains had somewhat eased, Flor thought she might go to a dammed-up bit of the river near her house to bathe. She is thirty-five and has lived in the same place all her life, where wrinkled hills are planted with corn, beans, and fruit trees. She took a towel and soap and walked out into the rain. Halfway to the river, the pains returned and overcame her. The next thing Flor remembers, she was in a room she didn’t recognize, unable to move. As she soon discovered, she was in a hospital, her ankle cuffed to the bed, and she was being investigated for abortion.

Photograph by Joshua Lutz
Article
Innocents·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

"The next thing Flor remembers, she was in a room she didn’t recognize, unable to move. As she soon discovered, she was in a hospital, her ankle cuffed to the bed, and she was being investigated for abortion."
Photograph © Nadia Shira Cohen

Average duration of a Japanese prime minister’s tenure since August 1993, in months:

16

Brain shrinkage has no effect on cognition.

An Indianapolis fertility doctor was accused of using his own sperm to artificially inseminate patients, and a Delaware man pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his former psychiatrist.

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

HARPER’S FINEST

Mississippi Drift

By

Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'

Subscribe Today