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Phoebe-Lou Adams (Brief Reviews) has written her Atlantic book column, under a variety of titles, since 1952.

Rick Bass ("A Winter's Tale") is the author of The Book of Yaak (1996) and The New Wolves (1998).

Daniel Craig (cover art) is an illustrator who lives in Minnesota. The New York City Opera, J. P. Morgan, and the New York Stock Exchange have all used his work. He has received two Clio awards, a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, and numerous awards of excellence from Communication Arts magazine.

Susan Donnelly ("The Third-Prize Photograph") is the author of Eve Names the Animals (1985), which was awarded the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize by Northeastern University.

Michael Joseph Gross ("The Trials of the Tribulation") lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He has written about religion and popular culture for The Nation and Salon.

Robert D. Kaplan ("Israel Now") is a correspondent for The Atlantic. His seventh book, The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War, will be published next month by Random House.

Marshall N. Klimasewiski ("Tyrants") teaches in the writing program at Washington University, in St. Louis. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and Ploughshares, and has been included in Best American Short Stories.

Laurie Lamon ("Potato") is an assistant professor of English at Whitworth College, in Spokane, Washington. Her poems have recently appeared in Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture, Southern Humanities Review, and Poetry Northwest.

Stanley Plumly ("Strays") is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park. His poem in this issue is included in his book Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New & Selected Poems, to be published this June by Ecco/HarperCollins.

David Schiff ("Who Was That Masked Composer?") is a composer and a professor of music at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon.

Marc K. Stengel ("The Diffusionists Have Landed") is a writer and a television producer in Nashville, Tennessee. Stengel is at work on a historical novel and a documentary film, both touching on aspects of pre-Columbian transoceanic migration.

George Stolz ("Europe's Back Doors") is the Madrid correspondent for ARTnews. His fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, and he has written for The New York Times, Newsday, and Travel & Leisure.

Steven Weinberg ("Five and a Half Utopias") teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1979 and the National Medal of Science in 1991. Weinberg is the author of The First Three Minutes (1977) and Dreams of a Final Theory (1992).

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The Atlantic Monthly; January 2000; The Atlantic Monthly Contributors - 00.01; Volume 285, No. 1; page 4.