David Quammen

= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article — From the April 2008 issue

Contagious Cancer

The evolution of a killer

Reviews — From the December 2006 issue

Darwin’s conundrum

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Two worldviews, one writer

Article — From the February 2005 issue

Clone your troubles away

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Dreaming at the frontiers of animal husbandry

Reviews — From the June 2003 issue

The man who knew too much

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Stephen Jay Gould’s opus posthumous

Article — From the October 1998 issue

Planet of weeds

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Tallying the losses of Earth’s animals and plants

Article — From the March 1988 issue

Brazil’s jungle blackboard

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A test for conservation deep in Amazonas

Article — From the December 1986 issue

Seeking refuge in a desert. The Sanctuary movement

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Exodus redux

Get access to 164 years of
Harper’s for only $39.99

United States Canada

CATEGORIES

THE CURRENT ISSUE

August 2014

The End of Retirement

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Octopus and Its Grandchildren

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Francis and the Nuns

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Return of the Strongman

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Article
The Seductive Catastrophe·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“The world’s leaders were moved by a populace fused into a forward phalanx, were shaken by a tidal wave of militancy jubilantly united.”
Photograph courtesy Mary Evans Picture Library
Article
What the Camera Saw·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“They shot him behind the left ear, and he fell.”
Post
The Glitch in the Video-Game Graveyard·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“From the nerd squabbles of Internet discussion threads rose an urban legend that culminated in a film that hinges on digging through my town’s trash.”
Illustration (detail) by Timothy Taranto
Article
Me, Myself, and Id·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“The one defining trait of the narcissist is that it’s always someone else.
Painting (detail) by Gianni Dagli Orti
Post
The Many Faces of Boko·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“People want education. Open a school and they will rush.”
Photograph © The author

Rolls of toilet paper Chicago’s city government has produced this year from recycled City Hall wastepaper:

19,000

Two thirds of U.S. teenagers experience uncontrollable rage.

Russia lost, then regained, contact with a satellite carrying five geckos sent to copulate in zero gravity.

Subscribe to the Weekly Review newsletter. Don’t worry, we won’t sell your email address!

HARPER’S FINEST

In Praise of Idleness

By

I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.

Subscribe Today