= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

1981 / August | View All Issues |

August 1981

illustration

Front cover PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.


Letters

4-6 PDF

Letters·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The easy chair

8, 10-11 PDF

Sculptures in snow·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Notes on the uses of the press

Letter from abroad

12-15 PDF

Letter from abroad·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

16, 18, 20-22, 24 PDF

Oiling the machine·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The education of Alfonse D’Amato

Article

Front cover, 37-52 PDF

Panic among the Philistines·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The collapse of the literary establishment

Ars politica

53 PDF

Ars politica·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Ars politica

53 PDF

Ars politica·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

54-60 PDF

God’s marvelous plan·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A story

Geography 105

62-63 PDF

Geography 105·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Geography 105

62-63 PDF

Refugees·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The public record

64-65 PDF

The public record·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The public record

64-65 PDF

The public record·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Books

66-68 PDF

A geographer of the imagination·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The astute eye of Guy Davenport

In our time

69 PDF

The evolution of the species·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

No. 4

In our time

69 PDF

In our time·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

70 PDF

Warning the deer·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Books

71-74 PDF

The new irrelevance·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Specialists in the noncontroversial

The mind’s eye

75 PDF

A North/South dialogue·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The mind’s eye

75 PDF

The mind’s eye·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

In print

76, 78-79 PDF

In print·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

In print

76, 78-79 PDF

Saki’s world·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Killer elks and tyrannical aunts

Revisions

80-82 PDF

Revisions·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Revisions

80-82 PDF

Mr. Common Sense·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The American Trotsky

American miscellany

84-85 PDF

American miscellany·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Puzzle

88 PDF

Pressing matters·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Get access to 164 years of
Harper’s for only $39.99

United States Canada

THE CURRENT ISSUE

March 2015

A Sage in Harlem

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Man Stopped

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Spy Who Fired Me

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Giving Up the Ghost

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Invisible and Insidious

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Article
The Fourth Branch·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“Both the United States and the Soviet Union saw student politics as a proxy battleground for their rivalry.”
Photograph © Gerald R. Brimacombe/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images
Article
Giving Up the Ghost·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“Stories about past lives help explain this life — they promise a root structure beneath the inexplicable soil of what we see and live and know, what we offer one another.”
Illustration by Steven Dana
Article
The Spy Who Fired Me·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“In industry after industry, this data collection is part of an expensive, high-tech effort to squeeze every last drop of productivity from corporate workforces.”
Illustration by John Ritter
Article
No Slant to the Sun·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

For the past three years my dosimeter had sat silently on a narrow shelf just inside the door of a house in Tokyo, upticking its final digit every twenty-four hours by one or two, the increase never failing — for radiation is the ruthless companion of time. Wherever we are, radiation finds and damages us, at best imperceptibly. During those three years, my American neighbors had lost sight of the accident at Fukushima. In March 2011, a tsunami had killed hundreds, or thousands; yes, they remembered that. Several also recollected the earthquake that caused it, but as for the hydrogen explosion and containment breach at Nuclear Plant No. 1, that must have been fixed by now — for its effluents no longer shone forth from our national news. Meanwhile, my dosimeter increased its figure, one or two digits per day, more or less as it would have in San Francisco — well, a trifle more, actually. And in Tokyo, as in San Francisco, people went about their business, except on Friday nights, when the stretch between the Kasumigaseki and Kokkai-Gijido-mae subway stations — half a dozen blocks of sidewalk, which commenced at an antinuclear tent that had already been on this spot for more than 900 days and ended at the prime minister’s lair — became a dim and feeble carnival of pamphleteers and Fukushima refugees peddling handicrafts.

One Friday evening, the refugees’ half of the sidewalk was demarcated by police barriers, and a line of officers slouched at ease in the street, some with yellow bullhorns hanging from their necks. At the very end of the street, where the National Diet glowed white and strange behind other buildings, a policeman set up a microphone, then deployed a small video camera in the direction of the muscular young people in drums against fascists jackets who now, at six-thirty sharp, began chanting: “We don’t need nuclear energy! Stop nuclear power plants! Stop them, stop them, stop them! No restart! No restart!” The police assumed a stiffer stance; the drumming and chanting were almost uncomfortably loud. Commuters hurried past along the open space between the police and the protesters, staring straight ahead, covering their ears. Finally, a fellow in a shabby sweater appeared, and murmured along with the chants as he rounded the corner. He was the only one who seemed to sympathize; few others reacted at all.

Photograph © Stuart Franklin/Magnum Photos
Article
Invisible and Insidious·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“Wherever we are, radiation finds and damages us, at best imperceptibly.”
Photograph © 2011 Massimo Mastrorillo and Donald Weber/VII

Number of U.S. congressional districts in which trade with China has produced more jobs than it has cost:

1

Young bilingual children who learned one language first are likelier than monolingual children and bilingual children who learned languages simultaneously to say that a dog adopted by owls will hoot.

An Oklahoma legislative committee voted to defund Advanced Placement U.S. History courses, accusing the curriculum of portraying the United States as “a nation of oppressors and exploiters.”

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

HARPER’S FINEST

Driving Mr. Albert

By

He could be one of a million beach-bound, black-socked Florida retirees, not the man who, by some odd happenstance of life, possesses the brain of Albert Einstein — literally cut it out of the dead scientist's head.

Subscribe Today