Winter 2014

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


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


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