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Gene Burns ("The Stuff of Myths") hosts The Gene Burns Program and Dining Around With Gene Burns on KGO Radio, in San Francisco. Burns recently began broadcasting a nationally syndicated dining program on the Talk America Network.

Billy Collins ("Man Listening to Disc") is the author of several poetry collections, including The Art of Drowning (1995) and Picnic, Lightning (1998). His Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems will be published next year.

James K. Glassman ("Dow 36,000") is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and will shortly become the financial columnist for The Reader's Digest. Kevin A. Hassett is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Their article in this issue will appear, in somewhat different form, in their book Dow 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting From the Coming Rise in the Stock Market, to be published by Random House in September.

Robert Morgan ("Wind from a Waterfall") is a professor of English at Cornell University. His novel Gap Creek will be published this fall.

Cullen Murphy ("Told You So") 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).

Christoph Niemann (cover art) is an illustrator who lives and works in New York and Germany. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin. A book of Niemann's illustrations, The Good Portrait, was published last year.

Todd Oppenheimer ("Schooling the Imagination") lives in San Francisco. He is the author of "The Computer Delusion," The Atlantic's cover article for July, 1997, which won a National Magazine Award for public-interest reporting. Oppenheimer is at work on a book about education and technology.

David Schiff ("We Want Magic") is a composer and a professor of music at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon.

Frances Sherwood ("Basil the Dog") is the author of a collection of short stories, Everything You've Heard Is True (1989), and two novels, Vindication (1993) and Green (1995).

Jeffrey Tayler ("China's Wild West") lives in Moscow. His first book, Siberian Dawn, was published last year. He is at work on a book about traveling the Congo River.

Garry Wills ("Lincoln's Greatest Speech?") is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America (1992). His book A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government will be published in October.

Alan Wolfe ("The Mystique of Betty Friedan") is the director of The Center for Religion and American Public Life, at Boston College. His most recent book is One Nation, After All (1998).

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The Atlantic Monthly; September 1999; Contributors - 99.09; Volume 284, No. 3; page 8.