Dick Allen ("The Litany of Disparagement") is the author of Flight and Pursuit (1987). His most recent book, Ode to the Cold War:Poems New and Selected, will be published this spring.
Gregg Easterbrook ("Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic. His most recent book is A Moment on the Earth: The Coming Age of Environmental Optimism (1995). He was named a Fulbright Fiftieth Anniversary Distinguished Fellow this year. Easterbrook lives in Brussels.
Joy Gordon ("Cuba's Entrepreneurial Socialism") teaches political philosophy at California State University-Stanislaus. A former visiting professor at the University of Havana, Gordon is currently editing a collection of contemporary Cuban scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.
Anthony King ("Running Scared"), a political scientist who teaches at the University of Essex, and an elections analyst for the British Broadcasting Corporation, is a regular contributor to The Economist. His article in this issue of The Atlantic is adapted from his book Running Scared: Why America's Politicians Campaign Too Much and Govern Too Little, to be published by Simon & Schuster this month.
Richard McGuire (cover art) is an illustrator whose work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and other publications. He is the designer of his own line of toys and the author and illustrator of The Orange Book (1992), which won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators, Night Becomes Day (1994), and What Goes Around Comes Around (1995).
Akhil Sharma ("Cosmopolitan") is a student at Harvard Law School. His story "If You Sing Like That for Me," published in the May, 1995, Atlantic, appeared in The Best American Short Stories (1996) and Prize Stories 1996:The O. Henry Awards.
Alexander von Hoffman ("Good News!"), is currently a fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Von Hoffman is the author of Local Attachments: The Making of an American Urban Neighborhood, 1850 to 1920 (1994), and is at work on a history of housing reform in the United States.
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The Atlantic Monthly; January 1997; Contributors; Volume 279, No. 1; page 6.