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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Coronavirus reveals the power of smell Read More
With parallels to the United States’s colonial past, Backlands: The Canudos Campaign, a classic of Brazilian literature, and Bacurau, a new film, offer crucial insight into the past, present, and…
“Who, save for the little barons of Wall Street, believes in the progressive virtues of capitalism?”
Running for president on less than $2,000 a day
When you can’t afford to stop working
The afterlives of Lenin
From a list of former North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il's teachings translated into English and posted on a government website. Read More
The success of Germany's AfD party has in good part been owed to its ability to put a friendly face on a nasty message.
What the Trumps are building in the Philippines
Monopolization of our public markets is first and foremost a political crisis
On Sunday, Jimmy Breslin, a longtime New York City newspaper columnists, died at 88. In this short essay, published on Harpers.org in 2010, Breslin reflects on the United States nearly…
Some frank reflections on what the American publishing business is about, by a young editor who has observed it impatiently for several years (and insists on remaining nameless)
"The assault by a thousand cuts never stops, but it’s hard for the public to see what is happening."
A weekend of alternative estimations
On family, fate, and Packers football
My summer as a military propagandist in Iraq
Greeting the holidays in an age of mass incarceration
The G.O.P. aims to paint the country red
The leader, in 1969
Rudolph Giuliani and the politics of personality
Seven militants are acquitted in takeover of Oregon Wildlife Refuge; Christopher Ketcham traces the history of the Bureau of Land Management
William Bratton and the new police state
Why the Hudson River will never run clean
From an interview with a girl in a reintegration program for former child soldiers in Colombia.
The euro and its discontents
Freddie Gray and the makings of an American uprising
A gunman kills 49 people with an AR-15 assault rifle at an Orlando nightclub; Dan Baum investigates whether gun-control laws could ever stop the weapon from proliferating
The uneasy search for our atomic history
Sheldon Silver is sentenced to twelve years in prison for fraud; Christopher Ketcham visits New York's dysfunctional state legislature
Samuel James photographs the English Premier League season; Leicester City nears the title