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Weekly Review — March 28, 2017, 5:30 pm

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Paul Ryan fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Donald Trump goes golfing for the thirteenth time as president of the United States, and rivers in India and New Zealand are granted full human rights

Weekly Review — February 7, 2017, 4:22 pm

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The White House puts Iran "on notice," Trump threatens to send U.S. troops into Mexico, and Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter

Index — January 20, 2017, 2:09 pm

Cabinet of Curiosities

A numerical investigation of Donald Trump’s appointees

Weekly Review — November 22, 2016, 5:16 pm

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White nationalists celebrate Trump’s election, and Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote margin of victory climbs to 1.7 million.

Weekly Review — October 4, 2016, 1:34 pm

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A train derails in New Jersey, Rodrigo Duterte likens himself to Adolf Hitler, and a blind hoarder in Brooklyn discovers she has been living with the decomposing corpse of her son for 20 years

Weekly Review — August 16, 2016, 2:50 pm

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U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel becomes the first black woman to win a gold medal in the 100-meter event, a congressman in the Philippines calls for Trump to be banned from the country, and the mayor of Cannes, France, bans the burkini

Weekly Review — July 12, 2016, 1:46 pm

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Philando Castile and Alton Sterling are killed by police officers, Donald Trump says Saddam Hussein was good at fighting terrorism, and a woman in Florida hits her boyfriend with her baby

Weekly Review — May 10, 2016, 1:07 pm

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A Syrian refugee camp is bombed, Londoners elect their first Muslim mayor, and China bans videos of women seductively eating bananas

Weekly Review — March 23, 2016, 12:39 pm

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The Islamic State kills 34 people in Brussels, Raul Castro tells the United States to leave Guantanamo Bay, and Seattle police search for a masturbating ninja

Weekly Review — February 16, 2016, 12:08 pm

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Justice Antonin Scalia dies, the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates publishes a poem called “Happy Nation,” and a man in Florida tosses an alligator through a Wendy’s drive-thru window

Weekly Review — January 26, 2016, 11:04 am

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Winter Storm Jonas strikes the East Coast, al-Shabaab kills at least 20 people at a hotel and restaurant in Mogadishu, and Donald Rumsfeld designs a solitaire app

Weekly Review — November 3, 2015, 8:00 am

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China said it was not afraid to start a war with the United States, police officers in Anderson, California, armed themselves with nunchucks, and a witch sued a warlock for harassment

Weekly Review — September 15, 2015, 8:00 am

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A sandstorm sweeps across the Middle East, a Hungarian camerawoman kicks refugee children, and a subterranean Nazi Complex is discovered in Poland

Weekly Review — July 28, 2015, 8:00 am

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A gunman kills two people at a movie theater in Louisiana, the world’s largest e-sport league announces that it will give players drug tests, and a “mystery pooper” strikes a Norwegian golf course

Weekly Review — May 12, 2015, 8:00 am

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David Cameron is reelected, a Maryland police officer is accused of biting a man in the testicles, and a school teachers allegedly burns “I [heart] Mom” into his students’ arms

Weekly Review — February 25, 2015, 8:30 am

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Egypt launches an airstrike against alleged Islamic State affiliates in Libya, a stampede kills 17 in Haiti, and 15 towns in New York threaten to secede 

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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.

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Out of sight on Leros, the island of the damned

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Reflections on harm in language and the trouble with Whitman

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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.

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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.

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