JAMES LIEBER (“Coping With Cocaine”) is an attorney and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh, He graduated from Princeton University in 1971 with a B.A. in public and international affairs and received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. Lieber, who specializes in constitutional law, has w ritten about political and social issues in the United States and the Caribbean for The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The Village Voice, and other publications. His article in this issue is based on several years of research in South Florida, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

THEO RUDNAK (cover artist) is a freelance illustrator based in Atlanta. He is also a writer and a television producer. Rudnak attended Baldwin-Wallace College, in Ohio, and took instruction at the Cooper School of Art there. Last year he received his fourth Certificate of Merit from the Society of Illustrators. Rudnak’s work has also won recognition from the New York Art Directors Club and from Graph is. His paintings will be exhibited at several southeastern universities this year.

GREGG EASTERBROOK (“‘Ideas Move Nations’”) is a national correspondent for The Atlantic And a contributing editor of The Washington Monthly, where he was previously an editor. Easterbrook’s first article for The Atlantic, “The Myth of Corporate Paxes,” appeared in June of 1982. Since then he has covered a wide variety of topics for the magazine, including weapons systems (the ill-starred DIVAD anti-aircraft gun, the F-20 Tigershark fighter plane), national politics, labor negotiations, the farm crisis, and poverty. Easterbrook has twice (in 1980 and 1982) been the recipient of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award.

CULLEN MURPHY ("The Right Wrong Stuff”) is the managing editor of The Atlantic.

ALAN TONELSON (“The Hague: Hostage Aftermath”) is the associate editor of Foreign Policy magazine. He writes frequently on foreign affairs for a variety of publications.

J. ANTHONY LUKAS (“Chicago: Bad Press”) is a journalist who for ten years was a foreign and a domestic correspondent for The New York Times. In 1968 he won a Pulitzer Prize for local investigative reporting. Lukas is the author of several books, among them The Barnyard Epithet: Notes on the Chicago Conspiracy Trial (1970) and Nightmare: The Underside of the N ixon Years (1976). His most recent book is Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families, which was published last fall by Knopf.

STEPHEN BUDIANSKY (“Public Health: A Measure of Failure”) is a science writer based in Washington, D.C. This year he is also a congressional fellow working on a study of NATO’s conventional defense capabilities. Budiansky is a former Washington editor of the British scientific journal Nature.

ROY BLOUNT, JR., (“Gather Round, Collegians”) is a contributing editor of The Atlantic. He is the author of several books, including What Men Don’t Tell Women (1984) and Not Exactly What I Had in Mind (1985).

RALPH LOMBRKGLIA (“Men Under Water”) is an assistant professor of English at Skidmore College. His story “Goodyear” appeared in the September, 1983, issue of The Atlantic.

LINDA PASTAN (“A Walk Before Breakfast”) is the author of several volumes of poetry, including Waiting for My Life (1981), PM/AM: New and Selected Poems (1982), and A Fraction of Darkness (1985). Pastan received the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castognola Award, for work in progress, in 1977.

YEHUDA AMICHAI (“God’s Hand in the World” and “Ballad of the Washed Hair”) is a poet, novelist, and writer of short stories. He was born in Germany in 1924 and has lived in Israel since 1936. A collection of his work, The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, will be published this spring. The translator, Stephen Mitchell, is the author of Dropping Ashes on the Buddha (1976) and has translated two volumes of poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke.

DONALD JUSTICE (“Henry James at the Pacific”) is a professor of English at the University of Florida. He is the author of four volumes of poetry, including Selected Poems, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1980. Justice’s most recent book is Platonic Scripts (1984), a collection of essays and interviews.

WILLIAM E. LEUCHTENBURG (“Preacher of Paradox”) is the William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the president of the Organization of American Historians. He is the author of many books, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932— 1940 (1963). His most recent book is In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan (1983).

PHOEBE-LOU ADAMS (“Brief Reviews”) is a staff writer for The Atlantic.

EDWARD SOREL and NANCY CALDWELL SOREL (“First Encounters”) live in Manhattan. Edward Sorel has received numerous awards for his illustrations, including a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal in 1985. Nancy Caldwell Sorel is a free-lance writer. Her book Ever Since Eve was published in 1984.

WILLIAM H. YOUNGREN (“More Unfinished Schubert”) is an associate professor of English at Boston College. His articles on music appear frequently in The Atlantic.

JAMES FALLOWS (“Lovable Software”) is the Washington editor of The Atlantic.

STEWART MCBRIDE (“Court Tennis”) lives in Paris and is a former correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. He plays court tennis at the Societe Sportive de Jeu de Paume et de Racquets, on the rue Lauriston. McBride is the author of Boston in Color (1977) and is at work on a book about Paris.

DOROTHY OSBORNE (“Acrostic No. 6”) crafts puzzles at her home in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

EMILY COX and HENRY RATHVON (“The Puzzler”) create crossword puzzles for several publications.