Harper's Magazine

Harper's Magazine


Newcastle Fans at St. James’ Park” (detail) © Samuel James

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Postoperative transcutaneous electrical stimulation of the tibial nerve reduces the time it takes for patients who have undergone a partial colectomy to fart again.

"Alfred Hayes writes about, and from, the psychic terrain F. Scott Fitzgerald once described as the 'dark night of the soul,' where 'it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.'" @davidulin  @nyrbclassics 

18th century Europe could neither afford nor tolerate democracy democratic. A delicate and unusual set of circumstances brought democratic change. But those circumstances did not occur much outside the West. And now they are disappearing here too.

"Two pregnant women could be a coincidence. Three is a nation. When they’re angry, it’s a global movement. That’s when I started looking for friends online." @lenadunham 

In seventeenth-century England, “freedom” was a slogan that applied only to some. Indentured servants and transported slaves did the work, and the government's purpose was to protect property, not people.

"Perhaps the match between the appropriate genre and the release of the writer’s imagination is something akin to the situation of a safecracker listening for just the right sound in the tumblers to make the door of the vault swing open."

Logorrhea is increased in recreational users and decreased in the mildly intellectually disabled by, respectively, the synthetic cannabinoid 5F-MDMB-PICA and the GABAergic drug Gamalate B6.

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"In Journey from the North, as nowhere else in her work, Storm Jameson’s writing has the very thing she was always faulted for not achieving: the richness of texture necessary to bring a work of literature to fruition."

Mutant tomatoes demonstrated rewired fruiting via gibberellin activity.

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A study found that weighted blankets reduce insomnia, although one participant was made anxious by the heavy blanket and withdrew.

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A statement signed by 150 people incl. Bill T. Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Noam Chomsky, J.K. Rowling, Margaret Atwood, and Salman Rushdie expresses concern over the illiberal trend intensified by our national reckoning.

Hong Kong protesters have deployed an array of euphemisms. “It’s raining,” indicates the firing of tear gas.

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From a transcript of the jury selection process for Martin Shkreli's trial:

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Scientists advised against consuming hypersexual zombie cicadas infected with psychoactive fungus.

The Trump International Hotel hired a “director of diplomatic sales” to attract foreign dignitaries. #WeeklyReview 

"Resistance must not be allowed to harden into its own brand of dogma, which right-wing demagogues are already exploiting. The democratic inclusion we want can be achieved only if we speak out against the intolerant climate that has set in on all sides."

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