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A weekly email taking aim at the relentless absurdity of the 24-hour news cycle.
The printed word in peril; poems by Ben Lerner; among Britain’s anti-Semites
Trump struggles to pronounce “anonymous”; a Sackler stands to profit from a new drug to treat opioid addiction; housing development workers in the Bronx are accused of having orgies on the clock
Read ’em and weep: how ballroom went from the underground to the mainstream
In the wake of Janus, don’t mourn, organize!
John McCain is eulogized; Rodrigo Duterte goes to Jerusalem; a new study shows goats prefer happy people
The story of one asylum seeker’s shakedown by notario fraudsters points to untold thousands more
Michael Cohen starts a GoFundMe; the 403rd consecutive month with above-average global temperatures passes; Europe’s biggest illegal turtle farm is shut down
On The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason
“French ‘solidarity’ was looking decidedly less solid than it had the previous day.”
Omarosa publishes her White House memoir; US secretary of the interior blames California’s wildfires on environmental terrorists; avocado thefts sweep New Zealand
Garret Keizer on organized labor post-Janus; Rohini Mohan on religious conflict in India; Katie Booth on doctors learning how to treat Deaf patients; Micah Hauser on scams targeting the undocumented; and more
Any day could be doomsday—and why that’s bad
Marvel Entertainment’s CEO exerts influence over the VA; Mike Pence lays out plans for The Space Force; Paul Manafort’s trial reveals his tax evasion (and much more)
The Saudi-Canadian spat; the Catholic Church’s new position on the death penalty; a few Swedish crown jewels were stolen in broad daylight
The fate of fêtes: practical proposals for post-revolution jubilees
In the face of zero tolerance and family separation, public defenders in Texas are using novel arguments in the hopes of assisting asylum-seekers
Wildfires in Greece and California; Betsy DeVos’s $40 million yacht crashed; New Delhi public schools started offering happiness classes
“Perhaps we are finally facing our karma of genocide and slavery and oppression of women.”
Putin throws a soccer ball to Trump, Trump says Putin is strong and powerful, and Russia’s foreign ministry warns of “Russophobic hysteria”
Pakistan attempts to stifle a protest movement among its Pashtun population
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin puzzle out cybersecurity in Helsinki, John Kelly didn’t like his breakfast in Brussels, and a family of woodchucks ate the wiring in Paul Ryan’s car
How mega-fires—and the blinkered perspectives demanding flawed management of them—are raising the stakes for everyone
Richard Manning and Scott Sayare on mega-fires; Alexander Dziadosz on climate change in Iraq; Andrew Cockburn on nuclear war; John Ashbery’s last poem; and more
How Rob Ford’s brother campaigned—and won—on an anti-sex-education platform
“Obama [and nostalgia for him] is still running the risk of suffocating reform and encouraging the reelection of Donald Trump.”
Flooding in Japan, Scott Pruitt resigns, and Weibo users cheer on a shipment of soybeans
Unfit for trial: a discussion of Alisa Roth’s book Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness
Justice Anthony Kennedy announces his retirement, AMLO wins in Mexico, and Ivanka Trump copresents a report denouncing family separation
In this inaugural episode of The Harper’s Podcast, Kevin Baker and Jeremiah Moss discuss the decline of New York City