SIGN IN to access Harper’s Magazine
Need to create a login? Want to change your email address or password? Forgot your password?
1. Sign in to Customer Care using your account number or postal address.
2. Select Email/Password Information.
3. Enter your new information and click on Save My Changes.
Subscribers can find additional help here. Not a subscriber? Subscribe today!
A reader sends in this heartwarming patriotic moment, just in time for the July 4th holiday:
Just before school let out, students at Alpine Elementary were thrilled to see a new American flag flying in front of their school – only it wasn’t just any old flag. The new American flag flying in front of Alpine School once flew over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C…
In a Feb. 26 letter from U.S. Congressman Rick Renzi, included with the new flag, Renzi told students their commitment to academic excellence “will serve you well as you go forward in life.” Renzi encouraged the children to continue their studies of “our rich culture and history.”
What’s especially touching is that Renzi must have been awfully busy the day he sent that letter, seeing as it came just four days after he was indicted on federal fraud charges. (Although reporter Judy Hayes failed to mention Renzi’s indictment in the story.) As the reader who sent the item remarked, after the ceremony there was a demonstration for the kids about “how to make a shiv out of a toothbrush.”
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
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.
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.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
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!
“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.”