Art — January 16, 2018, 4:04 pm

Caption: “Motherhood, 1938,” a photograph by Boris Ignatovich, whose work is on view this week at Nailya Alexander Gallery, in New York City. Credit: © Boris Ignatovich. Courtesy Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York City

Commentary — January 16, 2018, 3:28 pm

Angels and Wildfires

“Dying for a dollar an hour while fighting to keep someone’s home from burning is entirely constitutional.”

Weekly Review — January 9, 2018, 8:30 am

Weekly Review

The White House press secretary said that US president Donald Trump “puts in long hours” and is “one of the hardest workers” she has “ever seen,” and an analysis from leaked copies of Trump’s private schedule found that he often begins his workday at 11 am and ends around 6 pm, when he reportedly retires to his private residence to watch cable news on three televisions, eat a cheeseburger, and tweet.[1][2][3] “Much work to be done!” Trump tweeted.[4] Trump then tweeted that he had created “jobs, jobs, jobs” since becoming president, and it was reported that Trump plans to bolster job creation by …

Art, Monday Gallery — January 8, 2018, 11:41 am

An untitled photograph by Mike Slack, from The Transverse Path (or Nature’s Little Secret), published in November by The Ice Plant. Courtesy the artist

Postcard — January 5, 2018, 12:18 pm

The Kids of Kyangwali

Growing up in a refugee settlement in western Uganda


Art, Monday Gallery — January 3, 2018, 1:00 pm

So We Cross the Dark, a mixed-media work by Mayme Kratz, whose work is on view this week at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, in San Francisco. Courtesy the artist and Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco

Weekly Review — December 28, 2017, 2:09 pm

Weekly Review

Three days before Christmas, US president Donald Trump held a signing ceremony for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will provide middle-class households with an average tax break of $900 and will give the top one percent of earners an average savings of $90,000, an amount greater than the income of 70 percent of Americans. “We did a rush job,” said Trump, explaining that he wanted to sign the bill before Christmas so that he would not be criticized on the television news he reportedly watches for up to eight hours a day.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Trump signed the bill into law with a …

Editor's Note — December 22, 2017, 1:26 pm

Inside the January Issue

Fenton Johnson, Andrew Cockburn, Mansi Choksi, Rebecca Solnit, Yasmine Seale, and more…

Film — December 18, 2017, 10:00 am

CamperForce

After losing their savings in the stock market crash of 2008, seniors Barb and Chuck find seasonal employment at Amazon fulfillment centers.

Art, Monday Gallery — December 18, 2017, 9:00 am

All at Once, a painting by Alyse Rosner, whose work is on view this week in the exhibition Venus Fly at Flinn Gallery, in Greenwich, Connecticut. Courtesy the artist and Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut

Publisher's Note — December 13, 2017, 7:25 pm

McCain’s War

“Although McCain participated in a morally unpardonable war in which the United Sates killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people, one can’t help sympathizing with him in his reduced state.” 

Essay — December 13, 2017, 1:32 pm

Allah Knows

“How can a man who left his country, his parents, his siblings, his land full of rich olive and fig trees, who left everything he owned just to come to America, the land of opportunities, to work to support his family—how can that man die?”

Public Record — December 12, 2017, 10:32 pm

Moore Problems

Doug Jones is elected to the Senate

Official Business — December 12, 2017, 10:37 am

A Conversation with Olive Ayhens

Please join us Saturday, December 16th, at Bookstein Projects in Manhattan, for a conversation between Harper’s Magazine’s art director, Stacey Clarkson James, and the artist Olive Ayhens, whose solo exhibition Lettuce Lake is on view at the gallery until January 6, 2018.

Weekly Review — December 11, 2017, 2:21 pm

Weekly Review

A jury in Arizona heard closing arguments in the trial of a Mesa police officer charged with the murder of Daniel Shaver, a twenty-six-year-old traveling pest exterminator who was staying at a La Quinta Inn when he was shot and killed by a response team after guests in a hot tub outside his window mistook for a rifle the pellet gun he’d used to eradicate birds from a local Walmart and reported him to the hotel staff…


Art, Monday Gallery — December 11, 2017, 11:34 am

Cloud Island, a woodcut by Tom Hammick, whose work is on view this week at Flowers Gallery in New York City © The artist/Bridgeman Images. Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London and New York City

Postcard — December 9, 2017, 4:18 pm

Searching for SantaCon

How the once jolly San Francisco festival lost its way

Essay — December 7, 2017, 12:39 pm

The Art of Self

Autobiography in an age of narcissism

Excerpt — December 6, 2017, 3:34 pm

Omnicide

An excerpt from The Doomsday Machine, which was published this month by Bloomsbury. The book is an account of America’s nuclear program in the 1960s drawn from Ellsberg’s experience as a consultant to the Department of Defense and the White House, drafting Secretary Robert McNamara’s plans for nuclear war. Ellsberg is the author of Secrets, a book about his experiences leaking the Pentagon Papers.

Art — December 5, 2017, 12:22 pm

“Huisache Tree, Mexico,” a hand-colored photograph by Kate Breakey, whose work is on view through January 13 at Littlejohn Contemporary, in New York City

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Progress is impossible without change,” George Bernard Shaw wrote in 1944, “and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” But progress through persuasion has never seemed harder to achieve. Political segregation has made many Americans inaccessible, even unimaginable, to those on the other side of the partisan divide. On the rare occasions when we do come face-to-face, it is not clear what we could say to change each other’s minds or reach a worthwhile compromise. Psychological research has shown that humans often fail to process facts that conflict with our preexisting worldviews. The stakes are simply too high: our self-worth and identity are entangled with our beliefs — and with those who share them. The weakness of logic as a tool of persuasion, combined with the urgency of the political moment, can be paralyzing.

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On a balmy day last spring, Connor Chase sat on a red couch in the waiting room of a medical clinic in Columbus, Ohio, and watched the traffic on the street. His bleached-blond hair fell into his eyes as he scrolled through his phone to distract himself. Waiting to see Mimi Rivard, a nurse practitioner, was making Chase nervous: it would be the first time he would tell a medical professional that he was transgender.

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In the summer of 2016, when Congress installed a financial control board to address Puerto Rico’s crippling debt, I traveled to San Juan, the capital. The island owed some $120 billion, and Wall Street was demanding action. On the news, President Obama announced his appointments to the Junta de Supervisión y Administración Financiera. “The task ahead for Puerto Rico is not an easy one,” he said. “But I am confident Puerto Rico is up to the challenge of stabilizing the fiscal situation, restoring growth, and building a better future for all Puerto Ricans.” Among locals, however, the control board was widely viewed as a transparent effort to satisfy mainland creditors — just the latest tool of colonialist plundering that went back generations.

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In 1899, the art critic Layton Crippen complained in the New York Times that private donors and committees had been permitted to run amok, erecting all across the city a large number of “painfully ugly monuments.” The very worst statues had been dumped in Central Park. “The sculptures go as far toward spoiling the Park as it is possible to spoil it,” he wrote. Even worse, he lamented, no organization had “power of removal” to correct the damage that was being done.

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"Gun owners have long been the hypochondriacs of American politics. Over the past twenty years, the gun-rights movement has won just about every battle it has fought; states have passed at least a hundred laws loosening gun restrictions since President Obama took office. Yet the National Rifle Association has continued to insist that government confiscation of privately owned firearms is nigh. The NRA’s alarmism helped maintain an active membership, but the strategy was risky: sooner or later, gun guys might have realized that they’d been had. Then came the shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, followed swiftly by the nightmare the NRA had been promising for decades: a dedicated push at every level of government for new gun laws. The gun-rights movement was now that most insufferable of species: a hypochondriac taken suddenly, seriously ill."

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