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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

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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

Précis — August 20, 2013, 8:05 am

Andrew Cockburn on the Failure and Ferocity of America’s Sanctions Programs

“We ‘squeeze, and then squeeze some more’ with no end in sight.”

Précis — August 19, 2013, 1:10 pm

Nicholson Baker Argues that Algebra II Shouldn’t Be a Required Course

“Life’s prerequisites are courtesy and kindness, the times tables, fractions, percentages, ratios, reading, writing, some history — the rest is gravy, really.”

Illustration by Thomas Allen

Harper's Finest — August 13, 2013, 2:35 pm

Rebecca Solnit’s “Detroit Arcadia” (2007)

On the possibility of a new Detroit

The old Ford headquarters in Highland Park. © Misty Keasler

Official Business — July 31, 2013, 1:25 pm

Sleeping with Harper’s Magazine: An Event at McNally Jackson in Manhattan

Please join us on Wednesday, July 31, at 7 p.m.

Harper's Magazine (August 2013 cover detail)

Précis — July 23, 2013, 1:00 pm

Writers Go in Search of a Good Night’s Sleep

We asked some of our favorite writers how they were sleeping. Their responses ranged from the personal, to the scientific, to the historical.

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Henry Holt. 352 pages. $28.

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