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Yehuda Amichai ("After Auschwitz") is an Israeli poet and the author of Open Closed Open (1998), which will be published in an American edition in the spring.

Alan Berlow ("The Wrong Man") is a freelance journalist and the author of Dead Season: A Story of Murder and Revenge (1998).

Guy Billout ("Date Line") has received gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators.

Sue Erikson Bloland ("Fame: The Power and Cost of a Fantasy") is a member of the faculty of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Stephen Budiansky ("Soft-Boiled") is a correspondent for The Atlantic.

Etienne Delessert (cover art) was born in Switzerland and lives in Connecticut. He is a painter and a writer and has illustrated many children's books.

Robert A. Levine ("Euroland, Open for Business") is a senior economic consultant at the Rand Corporation.

Laurence Lieberman ("Love Nips of the Boa") is a professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana. His poem in this issue will appear in his twelfth book, Flight From the Mother Stone, to be published next spring.

Leon F. Litwack ("Forgotten Heroes of Freedom") is the Morrison Professor of American History at the University of California at Berkeley. His book Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery (1980) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for history.

Richard Rorty ("Phony Science Wars") is a professor of comparative literature at Stanford University. His most recent book is Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America (1998).

Julie Schumacher ("Passengers") is the director of the creative-writing program at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of The Body Is Water (1995) and An Explanation for Chaos (1997).

Lloyd Schwartz ("Small Airport in Brazil") is the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He received the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1994, for articles on classical music that appeared in The Boston Phoenix.

Jeffrey Tayler ("India's Grand Trunk Road") lives in Moscow. His first book, Siberian Dawn, was published last year.

Andrew Todhunter ("On Cannon Cliff") lives in northern California. He is the author of Fall of the Phantom Lord: Climbing and the Face of Fear (1998).

Carl Vigeland ("A New Horn") is the author of several books, including Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life, a forthcoming collaboration with Wynton Marsalis.

Geoffrey Wheatcroft ("Did Braveheart Die for Devolution?") won a National Jewish Book Award for The Controversy of Zion (1996).

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The Atlantic Monthly; November 1999; Contributors - 99.11; Volume 284, No. 5; page 4.