"Misapplying the theory I mislearned in college."
“On and on the story went. I had trouble taking notes. Yet I saw that there was a glow in his eyes—a special little twinkle—and I began to feel suspicious.”
The Islamic State kills at least 20 foreign tourists in Tunisia, the first prime minister of Singapore dies, and customs agents in Lebanon seize 30 crates of radioactive maxi pads
“Emanuel’s position in the local party is insecure because he was not raised in the machine, or, for that matter, in a working-class city neighborhood.”
How armchair generals pretend they’re on the front lines.
The Taliban blows up two Christian churches in Pakistan, Vladimir Putin disappears for ten days, and Pope Francis says he misses eating pizza
Listen to the broadcast version of “American Hustle,” Alexandra Starr’s story, for the April 2015 issue of Harper’s Magazine, about how elite youth basketball exploits African athletes.
Fenton Johnson ponders the dignity of solitude, Andrew Cockburn investigates the incompetence of Citigroup, Rebecca Solnit argues that high school should be abolished, and more
The Department of Justice clears Darren Wilson of violating Michael Brown’s civil rights, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea is stabbed in the face, and a woman beats up her friend for sitting on a hamburger
Join Scott Horton and Andrew Sullivan for a discussion about the U.S. intelligence community.
Michael Paterniti discusses “Driving Mr. Albert,” a story he wrote for Harper’s, in 1997, about driving across America with Albert Einstein’s brain.
A visit to Harvard’s Holden chapel, where William James once asked the question, “Is life worth living?”
Vladimir Putin’s political adversary is assassinated, Venezuela bans George Bush and Dick Cheney from entering the country, and two people in Seoul are swallowed by a sinkhole
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.
“Houellebecq, who is neither radical nor left-wing, understands perfectly France’s political elites and its duped and disempowered electorate.”
Egypt launches an airstrike against alleged Islamic State affiliates in Libya, a stampede kills 17 in Haiti, and 15 towns in New York threaten to secede
Rocket fire, soldiers, and day-tripping skiers collide in the contested borderland between Israel, Syria, and Lebanon.
A Muslim family is killed over a parking space in North Carolina, Netflix launches in Cuba, and an Indian woman who is 95 percent genetically male gives birth to twins
Esther Kaplan investigates workplace spying, Leslie Jamison ponders the allure of life after death, John Crowley discusses what it means to be well read, and more
Islamic State militants execute a Jordanian pilot, archeologists find a “rape dungeon” beneath a former reform school in Florida, and police in Vietnam admit to burying thousands of live cats
Islamic State militants behead a second Japanese hostage, Mitt Romney decides not to run for president, and a 29-year-old Romanian man is unable to sell his virginity in a local newspaper