Deep in the jungles of Colombia, shadowy groups of Indians believed to have vanished long ago are living the way their ancestors have for thousands of years – And refusing to encounter the modern world.
Our March issue is all about nature and filled with amazing stories and mysterious creatures. We explore the light of deep sea creatures, look into the complicated relationship of female elephants, and soak in the beautiful words of poet Billy Collins new poem, Deep.
Our latest issue is now live! Brandan Borrell risks life and limb examining the Komodo dragon, Rebecca Stott travels to the house where Charles Darwin lived for 40 years and Will Ellsworth-Jones tells the story of the secretive street artist Banksy.
[Lewis] Lapham, the legendary former editor of Harper’s, who, beginning in the 1970s, helped change the face of American nonfiction, has a new mission: taking on the Great Paradox of the digital age. Suddenly, thanks to Google Books, JSTOR and the like, all the great thinkers of all civilizations past and present are one or two clicks away. The great library of Alexandria, nexss of all the learning of the ancient world that burned to the ground, has risen from the ashes online. And yet—here is the paradox—the wisdom of the ages is in some ways more distant and difficult to find than ever, buried like lost treasure beneath a fathomless ocean of online ignorance and trivia that makes what is worthy and timeless more inaccessible than ever. There has been no great librarian of Alexandria, no accessible finder’s guide, until Lapham created his quarterly five years ago with the quixotic mission of serving as a highly selective search engine for the wisdom of the past. - Continue reading at Smithsonian.com.