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Stephen Budiansky ("Resurrecting Fats") is a correspondent for The Atlantic. His book on code breaking in World War II, Battle of Wits, will be published in October.
Seymour Chwast (cover art) is the director of the Pushpin Group, a graphic-design firm in New York. His work, in a variety of media, has been exhibited widely in the United States, Asia, and Europe.
Ben Downing ("Inshallah") is the managing editor of Parnassus: Poetry in Review.
J. Arch Getty ("The Future Did Not Work") is a professor of history at the University of California at Los Angeles. His most recent book is The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932-1939 (2000).
Jamie James ("The Edge of the World") is a critic and travel writer who lives in New York and Bali. He is the author of The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe (1993) and Pop Art (1996).
Robert D. Kaplan ("What Makes History") is a correspondent for The Atlantic, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and the author of The Coming of Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War, to be published this month.
Judith McCune ("The Guest") is the poetry editor of Mars Hill Review. She teaches English at the Stony Brook School, in New York.
Jim Myers ("Notes on the Murder of Thirty of My Neighbors") is the author of Afraid of the Dark: What Whites and Blacks Need to Know About Each Other, which will be published this month.
Eyal Press ("The Kept University") is a contributing writer at Lingua Franca. Jennifer Washburn is a writer based in New York. They are both fellows at the Open Society Institute, where they are examining the privatization of the public sphere.
Benjamin Schwarz ("John O'Hara's Protectorate") is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a book critic for the Los Angeles Times. Christina Schwarz's first novel, Drowning Ruth, will be published this fall.