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Official Business — June 25, 2014, 8:00 am

Garry Winogrand at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A retrospective exhibition from June 27 to September 21 in New York City

Albuquerque, New Mexico (1957), gelatin silver print by Garry Winogrand Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Heart of Empire, Mentions — June 20, 2014, 11:41 am

Andrew Cockburn on Democracy Now

Andrew Cockburn discusses the origins and possible fate of Nouri al-Maliki’s prime ministership

“YES OR NO—SPEAK!—IS THERE ANOTHER LIFE?” (Harper's Magazine, “Commodus” (Jan 1889)

Official Business — May 23, 2014, 2:57 pm

The Harper’s Magazine Android App Is Here

Introducing the Harper’s Android app

Harper's Magazine for Android

Mentions — May 21, 2014, 6:15 pm

Scott Horton Talks About the Guantánamo “Suicides” on Democracy Now

Scott Horton discusses a document omitted from a report on three deaths at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in 2006

Illustration by Terry Stevenson, Harper's Magazine (Dec. 1974) (detail)

Special Feature — May 1, 2014, 11:37 am

Dottie’s Charms, by Jill Sobule

The new album from singer-songerwriter Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule, Dottie’s Charms

Harper's Finest — April 11, 2014, 5:13 pm

Dan Halpern’s “Citizen Walmart” (2012)

The retail giant’s unlikely romance with small farmers

Photograph by Thomas Allen

Memento Mori — March 11, 2014, 1:51 pm

Matthew Power (1974–2014)

Remembering a contributor and friend

Matthew Power © Misty Keasler

Harper's Finest — January 20, 2014, 8:00 am

Richard Hofstadter’s “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” (1964)

“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”

Harper's Magazine cover detail, November 1964

Weekly Review — December 30, 2013, 1:44 pm

Yearly Review

Yearly Review

Précis — December 16, 2013, 5:12 pm

Did a Top Taliban Leader Fake His Own Death?

Harper’s Magazine Reporter Concludes that Taliban Intelligence Chief Qari Ahmadullah Is Still Alive

Illustration (detail) by Danijel Žeželj

Harper's Finest — December 8, 2013, 11:48 am

Breyten Breytenbach’s “Mandela’s Smile” (2008)

Notes on South Africa’s failed revolution

African National Congress supporter with election placard © AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Weekly Review — November 26, 2013, 8:00 am

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The countries and companies responsible for climate change, nuclear options in Congress and Iran, and the extinction of Darwin’s frog

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Official Business — October 23, 2013, 3:00 pm

Steve Mumford and Lawrence Douglas at Postmasters Gallery in New York City

Join us Saturday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m.

© Steve Mumford
Illustration by Raymond Verdaguer

Special Feature — October 3, 2013, 1:38 pm

Can the European Union Hold?

Can the European Union survive — and should it? 

Can the European Union Hold?

Harper's Finest — October 2, 2013, 5:14 pm

Wendell Berry’s “Faustian Economics” (2008)

Hell hath no limits

Pumping Well Near Oil City (1865)

Mentions — September 6, 2013, 5:03 pm

Mary McCarthy in Salinger

“J. D. Salinger’s Closed Circuit” makes an appearance in a new documentary

October 1962 (thumb)
Photograph ©© Steve Rhodes (Flickr)

Browsings — August 26, 2013, 8:00 am

Pages from William T. Vollmann’s FBI File

“The FBI operative in New Haven who wrote my forensic profile possessed some talent with words and turned his phrases with apparent pleasure.”

From William T. Vollmann’s FBI file

Précis — August 22, 2013, 8:00 am

Willam T. Vollmann Was Suspected of Being the Unabomber

The author obtains his FBI file and discovers a case largely based on literary criticism

Illustration (detail) by Steven Dana

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