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Phoebe-Lou Adams ("New England Places") is a staff writer for The Atlantic; Francis Davis is a contributing editor; Peter Davison is the poetry editor; Robert D. Kaplan is a contributing editor; Corby Kummer is a senior editor; Nicholas Lemann is The Atlantic's national correspondent; Cullen Murphy is the managing editor; Barbara Wallraff is a senior editor.
Kenneth Brower ("Photography in the Age of Falsification") is a frequent contributor to The Atlantic, specializing in ecological issues.
Debra Bruce ("Plunder") is an associate professor of English at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. Her most recent book of poems, What Wind Will Do, was published last year.
Brian Cronin (cover art) is an artist who lives in New York City. His work has received a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators and a gold medal from the Society of Publication Designers. An exhibition of his work is featured at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, in Dublin, through June.
Bill McKibben ("A Special Moment in History") is the author of several books about the environment, including The End of Nature (1989) and Hope, Human and Wild (1995). His article in this issue will appear in somewhat different form in his book Maybe One: A Personal and Environmental Argument for Single-Child Families, to be published this month by Simon & Schuster.
James M. McPherson ("A Fictional Portrait of John Brown") is the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University. His Battle Cry of Freedom won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in history. McPherson's most recent book is For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War (1997).
Edison Miyawaki ("Listening to St. John's Wort") teaches neurology and psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center and at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston.
Rosalie Pedalino Porter ("The Case Against Bilingual Education") is the director of the Institute for Research in English Acquisition and Development (READ), in Amherst, Massachusetts, and the editor of READ Perspectives.
Benjamin Schwarz ("Insidious Weakness") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic, the executive editor of World Policy Review, and a book critic for the Los Angeles Times.
R. T. Smith ("Sourwood") is the editor of Shenandoah, a literary quarterly, and the author of Trespasser (1996), a collection of poems.
Michael Ullman ("Saint Ursula") teaches music and English at Tufts University. He is the author of Jazz From Its Origin to the Present (1992).
John Updike ("Licks of Love in the Heart of the Cold War") is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Is Rich (1981) and Rabbit at Rest (1990), and sixteen other novels. His most recent book is Toward the End of Time (1997).
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The Atlantic Monthly; May 1998; Contributors; Volume 281, No. 5; page 6.