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Some posters on Strictly Platonic want to buy things for other people; some posters want things bought for them. One woman is eager to listen to any guy, any guy at all, natter on about Park Slope in Brooklyn — “You can show me where you like to shop, tell me some history about the area or chitchat about whatever you want” — if he will treat her to a single glass of wine. Another one is willing to pick up the tab for everything and even prove that his wife knows he is on Craigslist looking for female friends, if a woman will just go see some plays with him. –“What Platonic Means on the Internet,” Virginia Heffernan, New York Times Magazine
Not until the heyday of Progressivism in the 1910s did writers begin to advocate an ideal of objectivity for the press, and not until the years following the Second World War did major newspapers and magazines begin to uphold with any consistency that standard in the newsroom while relegating political opinion to the editorial page. By the middle of the twentieth century, reporters were expected to strive for neutrality, compiling a litany of unbiased facts that were presented to readers who would then discharge their civic duties by making political decisions in their light. It truly was the high tide of postwar liberalism. –“American Journalism Comes Full Circle,” Damon Linker, The New Republic
It is considered impolite to inquire after a bear’s sexual habits, since what may seem promiscuous to humans is accepted and even encouraged among bear populations. Think of it as an opportunity for cultural education and cross-pollination. Of course, a bear’s laissez-faire attitude toward sex in public can be awkward during cocktail parties. Providing guests with pepper spray may help reduce the number of unwanted advances. A bear’s weight is an issue of particular delicacy and should be broached only in exceptional situations. Keep in mind that an undernourished bear risks death during hibernation. Try to support the bear’s pursuit of obesity during autumn months by promoting a home environment in which the bear can cultivate a healthy self-image. Mottos such as “Hurray for hyperphagia!” and “Eat now, sleep later,” make delightful and educational refrigerator magnets. –“Living with Bears: A Practical Guide,” Jenny Williams, Swink
Coney before the Fall.
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More from TedRoss:
Chances that a deep breath inhaled today will contain a molecule from Julius Caesar’s dying breath:
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences, by John Allen Paulos, Hill and Wang (N.Y.C.)
The earth once had three moons; the two lost moons may have crashed into the surviving moon, or been sucked into the sun, or flung out of the solar system to drift through deep space.
In Florida, an 87-year-old World War II veteran flying touch-and-go drills in a Cessna collided with an airborne skydiver. “There was a ‘woof’ sound,” said a witness, “like falling on your face into your pillow.”
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”