= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

1989 / January | View All Issues |

January 1989

illustration

Front cover PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.


Letters

4-7 PDF

Letters·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Notebook

8-9 PDF

Nouns and pronouns·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Harper’s Index

11 PDF

Harper’s index·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Readings

14-42 PDF

[Article]

Uncle Sam, Stay Home

[Cartoon]

Time waits for Pee Wee Herman·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[illustration]

Readings·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Where the people are nice and the trains run on time·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Uranium, in moderation·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Are you cut out for the CIA?·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

Bravo 20 bombing range near Fallon, Nevada, 1986·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[illustration]

Maggie gets even·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Advice for refuseniks·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Gorby the antichrist·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

In the spirit of Spiro·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Experienced, qualified–and stupid·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

Thorns·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Pop culture, auto-canonized·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

What it be·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Ultimate nudity·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

A writer’s blocks·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Lime-congealed salad·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[illustration]

Monogrammed landscapes·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Poetry]

Words for my daughter·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

Front cover, 49-52, 54-62, 64 PDF

A fury of symbols·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

How the sixties erupted in one man’s life

Fiction

65-71 PDF

Peace of mind·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

72-75 PDF

When you kick a liberal·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A post-election parable

Double acrostic

76 PDF

No. 73·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Puzzle

79 PDF

One in three·

= 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

Amount of laundry an average American family of four washes in a year (in tons):

1

A study of female Finnish twins found that relative preference for masculine faces is largely heritable.

It was reported that visits from Buddhist priests could be purchased through Amazon in Japan, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra began streaming performances through virtual-reality headsets.

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