= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

2012 / October | View All Issues |

October 2012

illustration

Front page PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.


Letters

4-5 PDF

Letters·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Easy Chair

6, 8-9 PDF

Easy chair·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Easy Chair

6, 8-9 PDF

The Maintenance Crew·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Anti-Economist

11-13 PDF

The Austerity Myth·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Harper’s Index

15 PDF

Harper’s index·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Readings

17-30 PDF

[Article]

In Search of the Right to Vote

[Article]

Below the Belt·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

Roadside cow, Highway 1, Louisiana, 1998·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

The Longest Days·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Bore of the Worlds·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[illustration]

Portrait of “Still Life with Beef, Bowl of Ham and Vegetables, and Receptacles” (after Melendez)·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Group Think·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

The Address Book

[Poetry]

Casting Aspersions·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Parts and Labor

[Fiction]

Extinct Anatomies·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

Unregistered city no. 1·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Article]

Going Once·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

Lord Pierre von Vorman Rakogscy de Saint Germain (self-employed)·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

Vergus of Orkney (naval lead petty officer)·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

Lord Avery Westfall (marketing manager)·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Collection]

Suburban knights·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

Sgt. Antarcus Valentior (electrician)·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

Front page, 31-37 PDF

Why Vote?·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

When your vote counts for nothing

Article

38-45 PDF

The People’s Assembly·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

How Egypt lost its parliament

Article

46-50, 52 PDF

The Acme Corporation·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A town fights back against a big-box coup

Photography

53 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Collection

53-59 PDF

The scuffles of great fights·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

54-55 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

56-57 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Photography

58-59 PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

67-70, 72-74 PDF

The ruin of Amalfitano·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

New books

75-77 PDF

New Books·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Reviews

78-83 PDF

Double Vision·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

George Orwell

Puzzle

87 PDF

Hidden meanings·

= 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

June 2016

Trump’s People

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Old Man

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Long Rescue

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

New Television

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Improbability Party

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Post
Helen Ouyang on the cost of crowd-sourcing drugs, Paul Wood on Trump's supporters, Walter Kirn on political predictions, Sonia Faleiro on a man's search for his kidnapped children, and Rivka Galchen on The People v. O. J. Simpson.

The new docudrama The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) isn’t really about Orenthal James Simpson. It’s about the trials that ran alongside his — those informal, unboundaried, court-of-public-opinion trials in which evidence was heard for and against the murder victims, the defense and the prosecution, the judge, the jury, and the Los Angeles Police Department, to say nothing of white and black America. History has freed us from suspense about Simpson’s verdict, so that the man himself (played here by Cuba Gooding Jr.) is less the tragic hero he seemed in the mid-Nineties than a curiously minor character. He comes to the center of our attention only once, in Episode 2, at the end of the lengthy Ford Bronco chase scene — which in real life was followed by a surreal cavalcade of police cars and media helicopters, as well as an estimated 95 million live viewers — when Simpson repeatedly, and with apparent sincerity, apologizes for taking up so much of so many people’s time. It is an uncannily ordinary moment of social decorum, a sort of could-you-please-pass-the-salt gesture on a sinking Titanic, in which Simpson briefly becomes more than just an archetype.

Photograph (detail) © Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos
Article
Trump’s People·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

"All our friends are saying, load up with plenty of ammunition, because after the stores don’t have no food they’re gonna be hitting houses. They’re going to take over America, put their flag on the Capitol.” “Who?” I asked. “ISIS. Oh yeah.”
Photograph by Mark Abramson for Harper's Magazine (detail)
Article
The Long Rescue·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

He made them groom and feed the half-dozen horses used to transport the raw bricks to the furnace. Like the horses, the children were beaten with whips.
Photograph (detail) © Narendra Shrestha/EPA/Newscom
Article
The Old Man·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The new docudrama The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) isn’t really about Orenthal James Simpson. It’s about the trials that ran alongside his — those informal, unboundaried, court-of-public-opinion trials in which evidence was heard for and against the murder victims, the defense and the prosecution, the judge, the jury, and the Los Angeles Police Department, to say nothing of white and black America. History has freed us from suspense about Simpson’s verdict, so that the man himself (played here by Cuba Gooding Jr.) is less the tragic hero he seemed in the mid-Nineties than a curiously minor character. He comes to the center of our attention only once, in Episode 2, at the end of the lengthy Ford Bronco chase scene — which in real life was followed by a surreal cavalcade of police cars and media helicopters, as well as an estimated 95 million live viewers — when Simpson repeatedly, and with apparent sincerity, apologizes for taking up so much of so many people’s time. It is an uncannily ordinary moment of social decorum, a sort of could-you-please-pass-the-salt gesture on a sinking Titanic, in which Simpson briefly becomes more than just an archetype.

Illustration (detail) by Jen Renninger
Article
New Television·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

With its lens shifting from the courtroom to the newsroom to people’s back yards, the series evokes the way in which, for a brief, delusory moment, the O. J. verdict seemed to deliver justice for all black men.
Still from The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story © FX Networks

Amount an auditor estimated last year that Oregon could save each year by feeding prisoners less food:

$62,000

Kentucky is the saddest state.

An Italian economist was questioned on suspicion of terrorism after a fellow passenger on an American Airlines flight witnessed him writing differential equations on a pad of paper.

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