= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

2017 / September | View All Issues |

September 2017

illustration

Front page PDF

[Untitled]


Letters

2-3 PDF

Letters·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Harper’s Index

9 PDF

Harper’s Index·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

illustration

13 PDF

Myth Makers·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Readings

11-23 PDF

[Surveillance]

Face the Nation·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Peer Review]

Public Enemy·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Diagnosis]

The Seven-Year Itch·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Photography]

13: Port Alfred·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Hypotheticals]

Mr. Jones and Me·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

An Education·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Poem]

From “Where Elses”·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Easy Chair

5-7 PDF

Now and Then·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Readings

11-23 PDF

[Illustration]

Backyard at Night·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Pedagogy]

Potty Training·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Oh Man·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

From the Archive

43 PDF

School Survival Guide·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Folio

53-68 PDF

Bringing in the Beans·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Harvest on an American family farm

Fiction

75-81 PDF

Synchronicity·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

New books

83-85 PDF

New Books·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Reviews

90-94 PDF

The Escape Artist·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Nicole Krauss and her precursors

Puzzle

95 PDF

The Second Coming·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Findings

96 PDF

Findings·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Report

Front page, 25-33 PDF

The Rise of the Valkyries·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

In the alt-right, women are the future, and the problem

Reviews

86-89 PDF

The Lives of Others·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Does the social novel have a future?

Readings

11-23 PDF

[Essay]

W.W.E. the People·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Get access to 168 years of
Harper’s for only $23.99

United States Canada

THE CURRENT ISSUE

May 2019

Where Our New World Begins

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Truce

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Lost at Sea

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Unexpected

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Article
No Joe!·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

In the heart of the US Capitol there’s a small men’s room with an uplifting Franklin Delano Roo­sevelt quotation above the door. Making use of the facilities there after lunch in the nearby House dining room about a year ago, I found myself standing next to Trent Lott. Once a mighty power in the building as Senate Republican leader, he had been forced to resign his post following some imprudently affectionate references to his fellow Republican senator, arch-segregationist Strom Thurmond. Now he was visiting the Capitol as a lucratively employed lobbyist.

Article
Lost at Sea·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A few miles north of San Francisco, off the coast of Sausalito, is Richardson Bay, a saltwater estuary where roughly one hundred people live out of sight from the world. Known as anchor-outs, they make their homes a quarter mile from the shore, on abandoned and unseaworthy vessels, doing their best, with little or no money, to survive. Life is not easy. There is always a storm on the way, one that might capsize their boats and consign their belongings to the bottom of the bay. But when the water is calm and the harbormaster is away, the anchor-­outs call their world Shangri-lito. They row from one boat to the next, repairing their homes with salvaged scrap wood and trading the herbs and vegetables they’ve grown in ten-gallon buckets on their decks. If a breeze is blowing, the air fills with the clamoring of jib hanks. Otherwise, save for a passing motorboat or a moment of distant chatter, there is only the sound of the birds: the sparrows that hop along the wreckage of catamarans, the egrets that hunt herring in the eelgrass, and the terns that circle in the sky above.

Article
The Unexpected·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

1. As closing time at Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery approached on May 25, 2018, Igor Podporin, a balding thirty-seven-year-old with sunken eyes, circled the Russian history room. The elderly museum attendees shooed him toward the exit, but Podporin paused by a staircase, turned, and rushed back toward the Russian painter Ilya Repin’s 1885 work Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581. He picked up a large metal pole—part of a barrier meant to keep viewers at a distance—and smashed the painting’s protective glass, landing three more strikes across Ivan’s son’s torso before guards managed to subdue him. …
Article
The Truce·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

When I met Raúl Mijango, in a courtroom in San Salvador, he was in shackles, awaiting trial. He was paunchier than in the photos I’d seen of him, bloated from diabetes, and his previously salt-and-pepper goatee had turned fully white. The masked guard who was escorting him stood nearby, and national news cameras filmed us from afar. Despite facing the possibility of a long prison sentence, Mijango seemed relaxed, smiling easily as we spoke. “Bolívar, Fidel, Gandhi, and Mandela have also passed through this school,” he told me, “and I hope that some of what they learned during their years in prison we should learn as well.”

Article
Slash Fictions·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

1. As closing time at Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery approached on May 25, 2018, Igor Podporin, a balding thirty-seven-year-old with sunken eyes, circled the Russian history room. The elderly museum attendees shooed him toward the exit, but Podporin paused by a staircase, turned, and rushed back toward the Russian painter Ilya Repin’s 1885 work Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581. He picked up a large metal pole—part of a barrier meant to keep viewers at a distance—and smashed the painting’s protective glass, landing three more strikes across Ivan’s son’s torso before guards managed to subdue him. Initially, police presented Podporin’s attack as an alcohol-fueled outburst and released a video confession in which he admitted to having knocked back two shots of vodka in the museum cafeteria beforehand. But when Podporin entered court four days later, dressed in the same black Columbia fleece, turquoise T-shirt, and navy-blue cargo pants he had been arrested in, he offered a different explanation for the attack. The painting, Podporin declared, was a “lie.” With that accusation, he thrust himself into a centuries-old debate about the legacy of Russia’s first tsar, a debate that has reignited during Vladimir Putin’s reign. The dispute boils down to one deceptively simple question: Was Ivan really so terrible?

Cost of renting a giant panda from the Chinese government, per day:

$1,500

A recent earthquake in Chile was found to have shifted the city of Concepción ten feet to the west, shortened Earth’s days by 1.26 microseconds, and shifted the planet’s axis by nearly three inches.

A new study showed that, between 2011 and 2018, the number of human feces left on San Francisco streets increased by more than 400 percent.

Subscribe to the Weekly Review newsletter. Don’t worry, we won’t sell your email address!

HARPER’S FINEST

Happiness Is a Worn Gun

By

“Nowadays, most states let just about anybody who wants a concealed-handgun permit have one; in seventeen states, you don’t even have to be a resident. Nobody knows exactly how many Americans carry guns, because not all states release their numbers, and even if they did, not all permit holders carry all the time. But it’s safe to assume that as many as 6 million Americans are walking around with firearms under their clothes.”

Subscribe Today