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Oo Dharma Nanda, Harper’s Magazine, October 1902

Harper's Finest — June 30, 2014, 11:00 am

Mary McCarthy’s “Artists in Uniform” (1953)

“He actually said these awful things. But the story is McCarthy’s arrangement of the colonel’s utterance of the words and of her changing perception of their meaning.”

From Artists in Uniform, Harper’s Magazine, March 1953

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

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

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

Harper's Finest — October 10, 2013, 12:15 pm

Alice Munro’s “Train” (2012)

Our warmest congratulations to Alice Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. 

Illustration by Raymond Verdaguer

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)

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

Harper's Finest — June 14, 2013, 12:25 pm

Robert Littell’s “What the Young Man Should Know” (1933)

Advice for parents about raising their sons

Harper's Finest — May 29, 2013, 3:57 pm

Rafil Kroll-Zaidi’s “Byzantium” (2012)

Celebrate (or lament) the 460th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks by reading a brief history of the end of time according to the differing accounts of various parties.

Scenes from the Life of Alexander the Great (detail)

Harper's Finest — May 21, 2013, 3:09 pm

Wil S. Hylton’s “Broken Heartland” (2012)

The looming collapse of agriculture on the Great Plains

Harper's Finest — May 20, 2013, 9:00 am

Gary Greenberg’s “Manufacturing Depression” (2007)

“This is the heart of the magic factory, the place where medicine is infused with the miracles of science.”

“The Distraught Queen of Butterflies,” by Ernst Kreidolf (thumb)

Harper's Finest — March 21, 2013, 6:06 pm

Harper’s Magazine on the Iraq War (2002–2013)

Tracing our coverage of the war, from Lewis H. Lapham to Andrew J. Bacevich 

IED Attack, by Steve Mumford (thumb)

Harper's Finest — February 27, 2013, 9:01 am

T. C. Boyle’s “My Pain Is Worse Than Your Pain” (2010)

A classic short story about the desperate acts and philosophical consolations of a middle-aged man who has become romantically obsessed with one of his neighbors.

Illustration by Katherine Streeter

Harper's Finest — January 30, 2013, 2:50 pm

Elizabeth Hardwick’s “The Decline of Book Reviewing” (1959)

A core piece in the canon of criticism on criticism

A Neat and Shrivelled Gentleman Sat at a Desk, January 1906 (thumb)

Harper's Finest — December 23, 2012, 4:08 pm

Captain Wilfrid Ewart’s “Two Christmas Mornings of the Great War” (1920)

Accounts of the legendary frontline ceasefires on Christmas Day between British and German soldiers

Soldiers During World War I

Harper's Finest — November 20, 2012, 2:30 pm

Bob Shacochis’s “Written in the Big Wind” (1991)

Why development persists in coastal areas, despite the threat of hurricanes

Hurricane Hugo, 1989

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