Autumn 2009 Issue

Departments

Editor's Note

The End of Things

Robert Wilson

Letters

Response to Our Summer Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Morocco: The Living and the Dead

Eric Calderwood

Works in Progress

Bach to the Lituus

Sam Kean

An American in Prague

Jessica Wilde

Lithium, Water, and Suicide

Clay Risen

The Inexhaustible Florentine

Elyse Graham

Bette Davis Eye Sockets

Sam Kean

Call of the Crustacean

Elyse Graham

Whither Synthetic Biology?

Arthur Caplan

Tuning Up

Brush Up Your Berlin

David Lehman

Commonplace Book

Labor

Anne Matthews

Point of Departure

What’s Wrong (and Right) with Science Journalism

David Brown

Book Essay

Living on $500,000 a Year

William J. Quirk

Book Reviews

A Day in the Life

Sudip Bose

Art in the Time of War

Susannah Rutherglen

The Common Good

Richard D. Kahlenberg

Film Release

Shirley Streshinsky

Relativity and All That

Apurva Narechania

Watchers of the Skies

Robert Wilson

Articles

The Doctor Is IN

Daniel B. Smith

At 88, Aaron Beck is now revered for an approach to psychotherapy that pushed Freudian analysis aside


The Decline of the English Department

William M. Chace

How it happened and what could be done to reverse it


Notes from the Earth
Not available online

Barry Lopez

Running Yangtze rapids, following Afghan herdsmen, four-wheeling Australia’s Jack Hills—intimate contacts with natural landscapes


A Mindful Beauty

Joel E. Cohen

What poetry and applied mathematics have in common


Armchair Travelers

Toby Lester

The Renaissance writers and humanists Petrarch and Boccaccio turned to geography to understand the works of antiquity


Mother Country

Evelyn Toynton

A daughter examines a life played out in romantic defiance of bad fortune


Fiction

Unrippable

Ralph Lombreglia


Ground Rule

Patricia Volk


Poetry

Openings into an Open Mind
Not available online

Langdon Hammer


Six Poems
Not available online

Maureen N. McLane


Arts

Facing the Music

Morris Dickstein

What 1930s pop culture can teach us about our own hard times