Commentary — December 23, 2011, 3:18 pm

The Week on Harpers.org

Dear Readers,

With the deaths of Christopher Hitchens and Kim Jong Il, as well as the release of our January 2012 issue and David Brooks’s selection of Alan Lightman’s “The Accidental Universe” as one of the top magazine essays of the year, Harpers.org has been busier than usual this week. We’ve collected everything below for those who may have missed something engaging:

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