Autumn 2009 Issue


Editor's Note

The End of Things

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Summer Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Letter 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

Schloss, or Schlock?

Emily Ochoa

Tuning Up

Brush Up Your Berlin

David Lehman

Commonplace Book


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


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



Ralph Lombreglia

Ground Rule

Patricia Volk


Openings into an Open Mind
Not available online

Langdon Hammer

Six Poems
Not available online

Maureen N. McLane


Facing the Music

Morris Dickstein

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