Cover Story

The Decline of the English Department

How it happened and what could be done to reverse it

by William M. Chace

Articles

The Doctor Is IN

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

by Daniel B. Smith

Notes from the Earth

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

by Barry Lopez

A Mindful Beauty

What poetry and applied mathematics have in common

by Joel E. Cohen

Armchair Travelers

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

by Toby Lester

Mother Country

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

by Evelyn Toynton

Departments

Editor's Note

The End of Things

Robert Wilson

Letters

Response to Our Summer Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Letter from Morocco: The Living and the Dead

Eric Calderwood

Commonplace Book

Labor

Anne Matthews

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

Fiction

Unrippable

Ralph Lombreglia

Ground Rule

Patricia Volk

Poetry

Openings into an Open Mind

Langdon Hammer

Six Poems

Maureen N. McLane

Arts

Facing the Music

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

Morris Dickstein

Tuning Up

Brush Up Your Berlin

And beware of kiss-me-I’m-poetical junk

David Lehman