= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

2009 / August | View All Issues |

August 2009

illustration

Front cover PDF

Cadillac (detail)·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.


Letters

4-5 PDF

Letters·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Notebook

7-9 PDF

Fatheralong·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Harper’s Index

11 PDF

Harper’s index·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Readings

13-25 PDF

[Article]

Is sex interesting?·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

The king of fop·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[illustration]

Nickelodeon·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Death alone is motion·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Mommies, you bastards·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

The bernality of evil·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Their two cents·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

The wearin’ of the mean·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[illustration]

Readings·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[illustration]

Love it! Bite it!·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

A fine display of Capuchins·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[illustration]

Readings·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[illustration]

Edifice·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

37 PDF

Burned car, Los Angeles, 2009·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Collection

37-41 PDF

These mean streets: scenes from the abandoned city·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

38 PDF

Home delivery, Los Angeles, 2009·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

38 PDF

Foreclosed homes, Detroit, 2009·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

39 PDF

Bench, Queens, 2008·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

39 PDF

Satellite dish, Detroit, 2009·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

40 PDF

Condos, Chicago, 2008·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

40 PDF

Douglass Projects, Detroit, 2009·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

41 PDF

Rubble, Detroit, 2009·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

41 PDF

Skid row, Los Angeles, 2009·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

53-72 PDF

Too much happiness·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

New books

73-74 PDF

New books·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Puzzle

83 PDF

Vicious circles·

= 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