= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

2007 / September | View All Issues |

September 2007

illustration

Front cover PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.


Letters

4-5, 7 PDF

Letters·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Notebook

8-9, 11, 13 PDF

Flies in amber·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Harper’s Index

17 PDF

Harper’s index·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Readings

19-35 PDF

[Article]

The shadow factory·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Poetry]

Orpheus·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[illustration]

Tirana·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

A terrible thing to waste·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Get your ass off my pillow·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

Dome #40806, Catedral, Sigüenza, Spain, 2003·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

Dome #20106, SantIvo alla Sapienza, Rome, Italy, 1997·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

Dome #22302, Sala de los Abencerrajes, Alhambra, Granada, Spain, 1997·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Collection]

[untitled]·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

Dome #27002, San Lorenzo, Turin, Italy, 1996·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

She still belonged to him·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Fiction]

Rehabilitation·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

The writers in the silos·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[illustration]

View of study room with books, desk and window (two parts)·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

The handmaid’s tool·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Fiction]

In the United States of Africa·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

The red and the black·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

I know what you read last summer·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Why don’t you change your life?·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Autonauts of the cosmoroute·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[illustration]

Salida VI·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

Front cover, 45-55 PDF

Cold rush·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The coming fight for the melting north

Article

56-65 PDF

The summer of our discontent·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

An ode to sleepaway camp

Photography

66 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Collection

66-72 PDF

Across the Bosphorus: photographs from Turkey·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

67 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

67 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

68 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

68 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

69 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

69 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

70 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

70 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

71 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

71 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

72 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

72 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

73-79 PDF

There is no east·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Reading Orhan Pamuk

Fiction

80-84 PDF

The proposition·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

New books

85-86 PDF

New books·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Reviews

92-96, 98 PDF

Last things·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The sinister charm of Frederick Seidel

Puzzle

99 PDF

Abecedarian jigsaw·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Findings

100 PDF

Findings·

= 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