In this issue: COMMENT "Learning by Degrees", by Rebecca Mead: The value of a college degree. LETTER FROM LONDON "Party Games", by John Lanchester: Why did the British election turn out the way it did? THE SPORTING SCENE "National Defense", by Hampton Sides: Can the United States’ goalkeeper produce another Miracle on Grass? SHOUTS & MURMURS "Hot Wings: Notes on My Next Best-Seller", by Larry Doyle. FICTION "Extreme Solitude", by Jeffrey Eugenides.