Harper's Magazine

Harper's Magazine

July 2021

HARPER’S MAGAZINE, the oldest general interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation through such celebrated features as Readings, Annotation, and Findings, as well as the iconic Harper’s Index.

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1 Min
dank u, next

THOMAS K. CHIMCHARDS: What is it that you have to offer that the dispensaries don’t? THE GUY: I’m not going to give you that fake Guitar Center bullshit, you know what I mean? And you don’t need any paperwork. You can give me a fake name—it won’t matter. CHIMCHARDS: Prior to this, you drove a taxi, right as Uber came along. What’s next, now that they’re coming after your weed job, too? THE GUY: I figure if I start my own oil company I can save the world. Because they’ll come in and shut oil companies down. It’ll be like, “We don’t do that anymore.” CHIMCHARDS: Have you ever considered working at a dispensary? THE GUY: Oh no, it sounds awful. I bet you can’t smoke cigarettes. CHIMCHARDS: What would be your pitch to keep people…

1 Min
chow hounds

The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is held every Fourth of July in New York City and features participants attempting to consume as many hot dogs in buns as possible within ten to twelve minutes. Rapidly consuming large quantities of food can be ecologically beneficial. Carnivores that kill prey exceeding their individual gut capacity may share meat and need to hunt less frequently. The capacity to achieve a high active consumption rate (ACR), the mass of food consumed in a given feeding period, could have been advantageous in human evolution. Maximal absolute ACRs in humans are similar to those observed in grizzly bears eating muscle tissue, though smaller than those of gray wolves. Human ACR is greater than that of coyotes. The ACRs of participants who have won the hot…

2 Min
the sound of vibrance

Several families are under the illusion that the street is their property. I’ve been made to suffer for years. Every day, children and their parents play in the road. A father works on his motorcycle in the street. Children play all around him—a state of chaos. Stupid mothers playing with balls in the road with their children. They glare at my car when I go to work. Just passing through every day makes my blood boil. When picking up their children, they cross other people’s property on purpose. A dog is kept outside and barks at all hours. The sound of it lapping up water is awful. Someone is scattering food for crows and pigeons, which leaves the road covered in their droppings. This person shows no sign of quitting. Children and rabbits are left unattended. Skateboarders bear down…

11 Min
new books

In literature and film, something happens when women hit forty, or nowadays perhaps forty-five: the earth opens up and swallows them, until they’re spat out again decades later as grandmothers or wise old aunts in peripheral roles. The menopausal (or in this case, perimenopausal) protagonist is rare, which is just one thrilling aspect of Dana Spiotta’s new novel, WAYWARD (Knopf, $27). Sam Raymond is fifty-three, a wife and mother living in suburban comfort on the outskirts of Syracuse, New York. She has a part-time job at a historical museum called the Clara Loomis House; her daughter, Ally, is a studious high school junior, though Sam “was used to her mother love being unrequited”; her husband, Matt, is “practical and constant”; her own adored mother, Lily, is unwell, but refuses to discuss…

26 Min
hard bargain

One Friday morning in early March, a congressional delegation arrived at a union hall in Birmingham, Alabama. In the basement, a wood-paneled portal to the pre-Reagan heyday of American organized labor, representatives listened as Amazon employees detailed the onerous working conditions at the company’s warehouse in nearby Bessemer. By this time, their efforts to unionize the facility had become a major story. Five nights earlier, President Joe Biden had released a video statement supporting “workers in Alabama … voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace.” Though Biden left the Seattle-based behemoth unnamed, his comments catapulted the local organizing drive onto front pages around the world. Present at the union hall that day were an MSNBC reporter from Washington, a Reuters stringer out of New York City, and…

17 Min
a complicating energy

There’s a particular stranger I remember from deep in my past. I was six years old, in a playroom at some kind of day camp. I saw a pretty brunette girl standing with a group of her friends. She struck me as older and more sophisticated than I was, though she couldn’t have been more than seven or eight. She met my gaze and asked, “Do you have a staring problem?” I was shocked, ashamed—and understood that I should not look at people for long. But I still stare at strangers; I still have a staring problem. I used to see strangers every day when I commuted to an office on a train. Often I couldn’t get a seat, and though I always carried a book, I rarely opened it. The…