= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

1988 / September | View All Issues |

September 1988

Photography

Front cover PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.


Letters

4-7 PDF

Letters·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Notebook

8, 10-11 PDF

Leviathan in trouble·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Harper’s Index

15 PDF

Harper’s index·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Readings

17-42 PDF

[Article]

Are the homeless crazy?·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Cartoon]

The last Meese cartoon·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Leave your fur at the door·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Against health fascism·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

An evening in jail·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Labor pains·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[illustration]

Spotting spooks·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Insider nukespeak·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Map]

The geography of one-party rule·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Be all that you can be·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Seoul with gas·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

Readings·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Punk Nicaragua·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

The ugly tourist·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Poetry]

Dialectical materialism·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

The magician Baron Lavelle in his home theater (1962)·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Fiction]

Theology·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Through a glass, cleanly·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Against PCs·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Fiction]

Inheritance·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

45-52 PDF

Plotting the perfect murder·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Collection

45-52 PDF

Plotting the perfect murder·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

48 PDF

Buchanan arrested·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

51 PDF

Facts against Buchanan·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

52 PDF

Dr. Buchanan killed·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

Front cover, 55-59 PDF

Is there a Europe? After empire, Yalta, and malaise·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

61-63 PDF

The runner·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

67-73 PDF

Dive, he said·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Beneath the sea in a nuclear sub

Article

74-76 PDF

Summer storms·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Wind, thunder, rain

Double acrostic

77 PDF

No. 69·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Puzzle

80 PDF

Spiral nebulas·

= 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