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Phoebe-Lou Adams (Brief Reviews) has been on the staff of The Atlantic Monthly for fifty-five years. She has written Brief Reviews, under a variety of column titles, since 1952.

Alex Beam ("Streamlining My Life") is a columnist for The Boston Globe and the author of two novels, Fellow Travelers (1987) and The Americans Are Coming! (1991).

Ian Frazier ("On the Rez") received the inaugural Thurber Prize for American Humor, in 1997. His article in this issue of The Atlantic is drawn from his latest book, On the Rez, to be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux next month.

Akash Kapur ("A Third Way for the Third World") is a research student at Oxford University's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and a contributing editor of Transition, an international review of politics, culture, and ethnicity.

Bruce Katz ("Divided We Sprawl") is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the director of its Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy. Jennifer Bradley is a senior analyst at the Brookings Institution's Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy.

Corby Kummer ("Smoky Scotch") is a senior editor of The Atlantic, and the author of The Joy of Coffee.

Leonard J. Leff ("Gone With the Wind and Hollywood's Racial Politics") has written for Film Comment, Opera News, and other magazines.

Gail Mazur ("Young Apple Tree, December") is a writer in residence in the Emerson College M.F.A. program. She is the author of four books of poetry, including The Common (1995) and They Can't Take That Away From Me, to be published in 2001.

Wilson McLean (cover art) was born in Scotland and lives on Long Island. A painter and an illustrator, he has been the recipient of four gold medals from the Society of Illustrators, a gold medal from the New York Art Directors Club, and a Clio award.

Charles R. Morris "The Health-Care Economy Is Nothing to Fear") is the author of several books, the most recent being Money, Greed, and Risk (1999).

Cullen Murphy ("The Near North") is The Atlantic's managing editor. His most recent book is The Word According to Eve: Women and the Bible in Ancient Times and Our Own (1998).

Greg Pape ("Fog"), a professor of English at the University of Montana, is the author of Storm Pattern (1992) and Sunflower Facing the Sun (1992).

Roxana Robinson ("Assistance") is the author of Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life (1989) and the novels Summer Light (1988) and This Is My Daughter (1998).

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead ("The Plight of the High-Status Woman") is at work on a study of the courtship patterns of young adults for the National Marriage Project, at Rutgers University.

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The Atlantic Monthly; December 1999; The Atlantic Monthly Contributors - 99.12; Volume 284, No. 6; page 6.