Annie Fields

= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article — From the June 1922 issue

With Dickens in America

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

New material from the papers of Mrs. James T. Fields

Poetry — From the July 1898 issue

The morning star

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the December 1894 issue

The coronal

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the January 1894 issue

“A thousand years in thy sight”

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the October 1893 issue

Death, who art thou?

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article — From the January 1893 issue

Tennyson

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the December 1891 issue

The singing shepherd

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the April 1891 issue

Silence and solitude

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the December 1890 issue

A far haven

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the November 1890 issue

On waking from a dreamless sleep

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the April 1889 issue

Song

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the February 1889 issue

The way

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the January 1887 issue

Victoria

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the August 1886 issue

An invitation

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the July 1886 issue

Ros Solis

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the August 1884 issue

The garden of fame

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article — From the February 1884 issue

Glimpses of Emerson

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the June 1883 issue

The folding

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry — From the January 1883 issue

Humility

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Get access to 169 years of
Harper’s for only $23.99

United States Canada

THE CURRENT ISSUE

October 2019

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Article
Secrets and Lies·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

In 1973, when Barry Singer was a fifteen-year-old student at New York’s Yeshiva University High School for Boys, the vice principal, Rabbi George Finkelstein, stopped him in a stairwell. Claiming he wanted to check his tzitzit—the strings attached to Singer’s prayer shawl—Finkelstein, Singer says, pushed the boy over the third-floor banister, in full view of his classmates, and reached down his pants. “If he’s not wearing tzitzit,” Finkelstein told the surrounding children, “he’s going over the stairs!”

“He played it as a joke, but I was completely at his mercy,” Singer recalled. For the rest of his time at Yeshiva, Singer would often wear his tzitzit on the outside of his shirt—though this was regarded as rebellious—for fear that Finkelstein might find an excuse to assault him again.

Post
Seeking Asylum·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Out of sight on Leros, the island of the damned

Post
Poem for Harm·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Reflections on harm in language and the trouble with Whitman

Article
Good Bad Bad Good·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

About fifteen years ago, my roommate and I developed a classification system for TV and movies. Each title was slotted into one of four categories: Good-Good; Bad-Good; Good-Bad; Bad-Bad. The first qualifier was qualitative, while the second represented a high-low binary, the title’s aspiration toward capital-A Art or lack thereof.

Some taxonomies were inarguable. The O.C., a Fox series about California rich kids and their beautiful swimming pools, was delightfully Good-Bad. Paul Haggis’s heavy-handed morality play, Crash, which won the Oscar for Best Picture, was gallingly Bad-Good. The films of Francois Truffaut, Good-Good; the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, Bad-Bad.

Article
Life after Life·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

For time ylost, this know ye,
By no way may recovered be.
—Chaucer

I spent thirty-eight years in prison and have been a free man for just under two. After killing a man named Thomas Allen Fellowes in a drunken, drugged-up fistfight in 1980, when I was nineteen years old, I was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Former California governor Jerry Brown commuted my sentence and I was released in 2017, five days before Christmas. The law in California, like in most states, grants the governor the right to alter sentences. After many years of advocating for the reformation of the prison system into one that encourages rehabilitation, I had my life restored to me.

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 solid-gold toilet named “America” was stolen from Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, in Oxfordshire, England.

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