a monthly, left-leaning, general-interest magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts. It is the second-oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the U.S. (Scientific American is the oldest); current circulation is more than 220,000 issues.
I guess that is a pretty accurate description. I knew it was old, but I did not realize it was the second-oldest (June 1850!) continuously published magazine in the US. And the circulation is only 220,000? That makes me sad. I wish more people would read this magazine. Heck, I wish more people would just read.
If you are familiar with Harper's magazine, then you will know the infamous Harper's Index. Love it so much. It is many people's favorite part of the magazine - a brilliant, intriguing, sometimes funny, sometimes depressing collection of facts. It was introduced into each monthly magazine in 1984 and I think that anyone can go to the Harper's website and search all of the old Indexes. Here is an example from the February 2011 issue of the magazine.
You get the picture.