= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

1978 / May | View All Issues |

May 1978

illustration

Front cover PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.


Letters

4-5, 8 PDF

Letters·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

18 PDF

The women of New Guinea·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

21 PDF

The link·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

23-24, 27 PDF

Virtue rewarded·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Government in the role of Mr. Right

Washington

32-35 PDF

A long row to hoe·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

At war with history

Washington

32-35 PDF

Washington·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

Front cover, 37-38, 41-47 PDF

The Balkanization of America·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

As loyalties narrow, society itself dissolves

Article

48-52, 54-56 PDF

Cutting the ties that bind·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The matter of sex reassignment

Fiction

59-64, 66-67 PDF

I want you I need you I love you·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Books

68-70 PDF

Catholicism berserk in the Holy Land·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Books

70, 73-74 PDF

Two passions·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Books

74-75 PDF

Spaces for the weary and glad·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Books in brief

75-77 PDF

Books in brief·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

77 PDF

At home·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

In our time

78 PDF

And that’s the way it is·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

In our time

78 PDF

In our time·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Theater

79-80, 83-87 PDF

The great gray way·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The period pieces of the future

Theater

79-80, 83-87 PDF

Theater·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

84 PDF

Elm·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Movies

88-89 PDF

Polyester dreams·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Youth gropes for an answer

Movies

88-89 PDF

Movies·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

American miscellany

90-92 PDF

American miscellany·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Puzzle

96 PDF

Diametricode·

= 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

February 2016

Isn’t It Romantic?

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Trusted Traveler

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Trouble with Iowa

The Queen and I

Disunified Front

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

We Don’t Have Rights, But We Are Alive

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Article
Isn’t It Romantic?·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“He had paid for much of her schooling, something he cannot help but mention, since the aftermath of any failed relationship brings an ungenerous and impossible impulse to claw back one’s misspent resources.”
Illustration by Shonagh Rae
Article
The Trouble with Iowa·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“It seems to defy reason that this anachronistic farm state — a demographic outlier, with no major cities and just 3 million people, nine out of ten of them white — should play such an outsized role in American politics.”
Photograph (detail) © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Article
Rule, Britannica·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“This is the strange magic of an arrangement of all the world’s knowledge in alphabetical order: any search for anything passes through things that have nothing in common with it but an initial letter.”
Artwork by Brian Dettmer. Courtesy the artist and P.P.O.W., New York City.
Article
The Queen and I·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“Buckingham Palace is a theater in need of renovation. There is something pathetic about a fiercely vacuumed throne room. The plants are tired. Plastic is nailed to walls and mirrors. The ballroom is set for a ghostly banquet. Everyone is whispering, for we are in a mad kind of church. A child weeps.”
Photograph (detail) © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos
Article
We Don’t Have Rights, But We Are Alive·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“If I really wanted to learn about the Islamic State, Hassan told me, I ought to speak to his friend Samir, a young gay soldier in the Syrian Army who’d been fighting jihadis intermittently for the past four years.”
Photograph (detail) by Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty

Amount by which the number of government jobs in the U.S. exceeds the number of manufacturing jobs:

5,129,000

The sound of mice being clicked may induce seizures in house cats.

In Turlock, California, nearly 3,500 samples of bull semen were stolen from the back of a truck.

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

HARPER’S FINEST

Two Christmas Mornings of the Great War

By

Civilization masks us with a screen, from ourselves and from one another, with thin depth of unreality. We habitually live — do we not? — in a world self-created, half established, of false values arbitrarily upheld, largely inspired by misconception, misapprehension, wrong perspective, and defective proportion, misapplication.

Subscribe Today