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Harper’s Finest

Two Christmas Mornings of the Great War

Personal accounts of the Christmas frontline truces

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In Praise of Idleness

LIKE most of my generation, I was brought up on the saying “Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.” Being a highly virtuous child, I believed all…

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What the Young Man Should Know

GLANCING out of the window, I can see the subject — and eventual victim — of this inquiry, dangerously perched in the crotch of an old chestnut tree, about fifteen feet above…

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Who Goes Nazi?

It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I…

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Subways Are for Sleeping

This article by Edmund G. Love (obituary), published in the March 1956 issue, was subsequently turned into a production by the CBS Radio Workshop (7.3 Mb MP3), a book, and…

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The Coming Ice Age

A true scientific detective story

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The Decline of Book Reviewing

The fates of authors and publishers — not to mention the reading public — depend on book reviews — but who reviews the reviewers? Miss Hardwich undertakes one of the few thorough critiques…

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The Paranoid Style in American Politics

It had been around a long time before the Radical Right discovered it—and its targets have ranged from “the international bankers” to Masons, Jesuits, and munitions makers. American politics has…

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The Old Man

While we digested our suppers on The Old Man’s front porch, his grandchildren chased fireflies in the summer dusk and, in turn, were playfully chased by neighborhood dogs. As always,…

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Young Minds at Play

These images, part of a Collection called The Child’s Mind that ran in the April 1978 issue of Harper’s Magazine, accompanied an essay by Brian Sutton-Smith. listening to small stories We…

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The Tedium Twins

Tonight: Are there two sides to every question? Back to you, Jim.

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Written in the Big Wind

Hurricanes spell doom for coastal development

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Driving Mr. Albert

A trip across America with Einstein

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Scent of a Woman’s Ink

Are women writers really inferior?

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The Radioactive Boy Scout

When a teenager attempts to build a breeder reactor

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The Road to Babylon

Searching for targets in Iraq

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Jesus Plus Nothing

Undercover among America’s secret theocrats

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