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Special Feature — November 21, 2018, 11:41 am

Light in the Donbass Window

Among the “anti-imperialist” foreign volunteers in East Ukraine

Special Feature — July 11, 2018, 2:50 pm

Northern Disposure

How Rob Ford’s brother campaigned—and won—on an anti-sex-education platform

Special Feature — January 20, 2017, 12:01 pm

The Forty-Fifth President

Our ongoing coverage of Donald Trump’s presidency

Special Feature — April 30, 2015, 8:00 am

Saving Nelvana

The search for Canada’s first female superhero

Special Feature — February 27, 2015, 8:00 am

Burn After Reading

In 1971, William Powell published The Anarchist Cookbook, a guide to making bombs and drugs at home. He spent the next four decades fighting to take it out of print.

Special Feature — October 27, 2014, 3:00 pm

A Band of Her Own

Anne Sexton’s lost tapes

Special Feature — October 4, 2014, 12:00 pm

The Pale Cast of Thought

Can ayahuasca cure writer’s block?

Special Feature — September 9, 2014, 4:32 pm

Ending College Sexual Assault

Can Obama’s new campaign bring change?

Special Feature — July 23, 2014, 2:42 pm

The Glitch in the Video-Game Graveyard

An anthropological dispatch from the landfill dig to unearth Atari’s E.T.

Special Feature — May 1, 2014, 11:37 am

Dottie’s Charms, by Jill Sobule

We’re thrilled to be streaming the latest release by singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, featuring lyrics by David Hajdu, Jonathan Lethem, Sam Lipsyte, James Marcus, Sara Marcus, Nina Mehta, Rick Moody, Mary Jo Salter, Luc Sante, and Vendela Vida

Special Feature — April 17, 2014, 12:30 pm

Native Lands

Photographs from the birthplace of quinoa

Special Feature — October 3, 2013, 1:38 pm

Can the European Union Hold?

Can the European Union survive — and should it? 

Special Feature — August 29, 2013, 8:00 am

Censorship In the Republic

How foreign media are filtered in Iran

Special Feature — July 24, 2013, 1:55 pm

After the Fish Are Gone: A Short Documentary

A film produced in conjunction with "Emptying the World's Aquarium" (Harper's, August 2013)

Special Feature — July 8, 2013, 8:00 am

Blood Spore: The Pollock Murder Cassette

A 1981 recording of a police officer and a burglar discussing the robbery and murder of a pioneering mycologist

Special Feature — February 27, 2013, 9:02 am

My Pain Is Worse Than Your Pain: A Short Film

An adaptation of T. C. Boyle’s short story (Harper’s Magazine, January 2010)

Special Feature — October 19, 2012, 2:52 pm

Monopoly Is Theft

The antimonopolist history of the world’s most popular board game

Special Feature — December 28, 2011, 11:55 am

Friedrich Egloffstein’s “Grand Cañon” Drawings: An Interactive Map

Click below to view an interactive supplement to the portfolio “The Long Draw,” which appears in the January 2012 issue of Harper’s Magazine. The hand-drawn maps are by Friedrich von Egloffstein, a forgotten cartographer and landscape artist of the American West. One map shows the Ives expedition of 1857–8; another reconstructs portions of the Gunnison-Beckwith expedition of 1853–4.

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When I caught up with the Gilets Jaunes on March 2, near the Jardin du Ranelagh, they were moving in such a mass through the streets that all traffic had come to a halt. The residents of Passy, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Paris, stood agape and apart and afraid. Many of the shops and businesses along the route of the march, which that day crossed seven and a half miles of the city, were shuttered for the occasion, the proprietors fearful of the volatile crowd, who mostly hailed from outside Paris and were considered a rabble of invaders.

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The Great Kurultáj, an event held annually outside the town of Bugac, Hungary, is billed as both the “Tribal Assembly of the Hun-­Turkic Nations” and “Europe’s Largest Equestrian Event.” When I arrived last August, I was fittingly greeted by a variety of riders on horseback: some dressed as Huns, others as Parthian cavalrymen, Scythian archers, Magyar warriors, csikós cowboys, and betyár bandits. In total there were representatives from twenty-­seven “tribes,” all members of the “Hun-­Turkic” fraternity. The festival’s entrance was marked by a sixty-­foot-­tall portrait of Attila himself, wielding an immense broadsword and standing in front of what was either a bonfire or a sky illuminated by the baleful glow of war. He sported a goatee in the style of Steven Seagal and, shorn of his war braids and helmet, might have been someone you could find in a Budapest cellar bar. A slight smirk suggested that great mirth and great violence together mingled in his soul.

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Celebrity sightings are a familiar feature of the modern N.B.A., but this year’s playoffs included an appearance unusual even by the standards of America’s most star-­friendly sports league. A few minutes into the first game of the Western Conference semifinals, between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston ­Rockets—the season’s hottest ticket, featuring the reigning M.V.P. on one side and the reigning league champions on the other—­President Paul Kagame of Rwanda arrived with an entourage of about a dozen people, creating what the sports website The Undefeated called “a scene reminiscent of the fashionably late arrivals of Prince, Jay-­Z, Beyoncé and Rihanna.”

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A Toyota HiAce with piebald paneling, singing suspension, and a reg from the last millennium rolled into the parking lot of the Swinford Gaels football club late on a Friday evening. The HiAce belonged to Rory Hughes, the eldest of the three brothers known as the Alps, and the Alps traveled everywhere together in it. The three stepped out and with a decisive slam of the van’s side door moved off across the moonscape of the parking lot in the order of their conceptions, Rory on point, the middle brother, Eustace, close behind, and the youngest, ­Bimbo, in dawdling tow.

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There has been a proliferation of plazas in the past twenty years, here in New York City but also elsewhere in America, even in Minnesota, where I’m from. Maybe in the zoning laws there is provision for the apportionment of sunshine, or maybe it’s just leftover space waiting to be developed, but here it is, an open ­plaza where people can mingle freely, enjoy face-­to-­face encounters, take a break from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram—­the national unconscious with its fevers of conspiracy and ancient hatreds and malignity—­and walk out into the fresh air of democracy, where the general looseness—­no security personnel, no ropes, no questions—­testifies to the inherent good manners of one’s fellow citizens. There is no sign reading: your consideration of your neighbors is appreciated. thank you for not engaging in abusive talk or elaborate paranoia. People just behave without being told, as if their mothers were watching them.

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