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Harper's Magazine

July 2019

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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harper's magazine

John R. MacArthur, President and Publisher Editorial Director ELLEN ROSENBUSH Executive Editor CHRISTOPHER BEHA Managing Editor KATHERINE RYDER Senior Editors KATIA BACHKO, CHRISTOPHER CARROLL, WES ENZINNA, RACHEL POSER Art Director KATHRYN HUMPHRIES Editor Emeritus LEWIS H. LAPHAM Washington Editor Andrew Cockburn Visuals Editor STACEY CLARKSON JAMES Poetry Editor BEN LERNER Web Editor VIOLET LUCCA Associate Editors ELIZABETH BRYANT, JOE KLOC, MATTHEW SHERRILL Assistant Editors WILL AUGEROT, ADRIAN KNEUBUHL, STEPHANIE MCFEETERS, JOHN SHERMAN, WILL STEPHENSON Editorial Interns Madeline Forbes, Cameron French, Emily Simon, Ian Stevenson Art Interns CAT DUFFY, GRETA RAINBOW Contributing Editors ANDREW J. BACEVICH, KEVIN BAKER, DAN BAUM, TOM BISSELL, JOSHUA COHEN, JOHN CROWLEY, TANYA GOLD, GARY GREENBERG, JACK HITT, EDWARD HOAGLAND, SCOTT HORTON, FREDERICK KAUFMAN, GARRET KEIZER, MARK KINGWELL, WALTER KIRN, RAFIL KROLL-ZAIDI, GIDEON LEWIS-KRAUS, RICHARD MANNING, CLANCY MARTIN, DUNCAN MURRELL, VINCE PASSARO, FRANCINE PROSE, JEFF SHARLET, CHRISTINE SMALLWOOD, ZADIE SMITH, REBECCA SOLNIT, MATTHEW STEVENSON, JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN Contributing Artists OLIVE AYHENS, LISA ELMALEH, LENA HERZOG, AARON HUEY, SAMUEL JAMES,…

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letters

Back to the Future I found Kevin Baker’s piece on the historical antecedents of the Green New Deal [“Where Our New World Begins,” Essay, May] perhaps the best essay I’ve read on the subject. It is a bracing reminder that we’re not the first generation to face what seem like insurmountable obstacles. The transition we require in this case is similar to that required during the Great Depression: from laissez-faire market worship to actual human solidarity. That’s what will once again be necessary if we are to build a future that can truly sustain us. Baker’s piece left me ready to get back to work. Bill McKibben Ripton, Vt. Unpaid Debts Reading Daniel Castro’s account of the doomed gang truce in El Salvador [“The Truce,” Letter from San Salvador, May] took me back to the…

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easy chair

The celebrity scandal of the year has been the discovery of just what lengths some actors will go to in order to get their children parts in our leading universities. This latest rash of (moderately) famous people behaving badly broke into the headlines in March, with the big reveal of the FBI’s “Operation Varsity Blues.” (To be fair, despite the purloined movie title, those charged included not just actors but a whole spectrum of our lawless upper classes: financiers, businessmen, high-priced lawyers, a doctor, a developer, a Silicon Valley whiz, the owner of a winery, and Jane Buckingham, a “parenting guru” whose advice books include The Modern Girl’s Guide to Sticky Situations, which promises “a stack of get-out-of-jail free cards for the deserving gal with the best intentions and a…

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harper’s index

Factor by which users of marijuana edibles are more likely to require emergency care than marijuana smokers : 33 Percentage of U.S. adults who admit to shopping while drunk : 26 Average amount those adults spend annually on purchases made while drunk : $736 Estimated value of drunk shopping to the U.S. economy each year : $39,400,000,000 Number of U.S. retail stores that closed last year : 5,854 That closed through the first four months of this year : 6,105 Average number of hours an American spent sitting each day in 2007 : 5.5 In 2016 : 6.4 Portion of high school athletes who receive college athletic scholarships : 1/50 Of high school athletes’ parents who think their child will receive one : ½ Percentage of Americans who report experiencing stress during “a lot of” the previous day : 55 Of…

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lost boy

By Margo Jefferson, from the introduction to a forthcoming edition of her book On Michael Jackson, which was first published by Pantheon in 2006. In the first year of the twenty-first century my American editor and I sat in a restaurant talking about Michael Jackson. We hailed his uncanny brilliance and mourned it too—thirty years of making music, dance, film; crisscrossing styles, genres, types, and tropes; confounding cultural codes. We brooded over the rumors and scandals that were turning him into an object of derision, even revulsion. We wanted, we said, to give him his due “before” (my editor’s words) “he selfdestructs… before he’s destroyed,” my editor qualified, “and self-destructs.” Events moved too quickly: I couldn’t finish the book before he was arrested for sexual abuse in 2003. Jackson was indicted in…

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i contain platitudes

From statements made by Joe Biden, current presidential candidate and former vice president, since he first ran for office in 1969. I am confidentI run scaredI am a railroad guyI am a Corvette guyI am a coal minerI am a politicianI understandI have no empathyI like kids more than pizzaI love ice creamI am a hot commodityI am a family manI am not a womanizerI am comfortable with women marrying womenI do not support gay marriageI am quite conservativeI am a DemocratI have the most progressive recordI like Dick CheneyI have no intention of running for presidentI am running for presidentI am a student of historyI am not prognosticatingI see the futureI am a gaffe machineI am sorryI am not sorryI am Joe BidenPretend you like me…

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