Cover Story

Where Are the People?

Evangelical Christianity in America is losing its power—what happened to Orange County’s Crystal Cathedral shows why

by Jim Hinch

Articles

My Kingdom for a Wave

If your life as a public intellectual takes you to the highest crests, be prepared for the troughs that follow

by Amitai Etzioni

My Friend Melanie Has Breast Cancer

How it might have happened, and why we are looking in the wrong places to prevent similar cases

by Anna Blackmon Moore

Homeless in the City

A writer describes the decade he has spent living on the streets

by Theodore Walther

Our Farm, My Inspiration

How a weekend getaway became a poet’s muse

by Maxine Kumin

Tutors

My many mentors at Oxford, from Lincoln College to All Souls, linger like spirits in the mind

by Paul West

Eric Rohmer and Me

What a classic film from the French new wave taught me about the illusions of my youth

by André Aciman

Departments

Letters From …

Letter from Benghazi: After the Revolution

Clare Morgana Gillis

Works in Progress

Strings Attached

Chloe Taft

Big Time

Tom Bentley

From Superman to Everyman

Vicki Valosik

Once and Future Warfare

Ian Morris

Plum Local

Leah Jacobs

More Than Meets the Eye

Emily Ochoa

Here’s Looking at You

Sasha Ingber

Commonplace Book

Humility

Anne Matthews

Book Reviews

The Best Course

Michael Dirda

The After-War

Neil Shea

Dean of Satire

George O’Brien

Abolition Gone Wrong

Fergus M. Bordewich

Ministry of Talent

Ernest B. Furgurson

Back Talk

Lingua Americana

Ralph Keyes

Fiction

Handsome Boy

Dennis McFarland

The News of the World

Mario Rigoni Stern

Poetry

Creative Paralysis

The poetry of Louise Glück

Langdon Hammer

Two Poems

Louise Glück

Arts

Incident at Mittersill

A new opera explores the mysterious death of the composer Anton Webern

Sudip Bose

Tuning Up

Night Train to Gijón

The fried-pepper sandwiches were oily and delicious, and the Spanish lesson was even more memorable

Clellan Coe