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Jack Beatty ("A Just Cause") is a senior editor of The Atlantic Monthly. His most recent book is The World According to Peter Drucker (1998).

Debbie Bookchin ("The Virus and the Vaccine") specializes in health and political issues. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Nation. Jim Schumacher is a freelance writer who lives in Vermont. His articles have appeared in Boston magazine, The Boston Globe, and Newsday.

Holly Brubach ("Beauty Under the Knife") received a National Magazine Award in 1982 for her dance criticism in The Atlantic. Her most recent book is A Dedicated Follower of Fashion (1999).

Billy Collins ("Snow Day") is the author of several poetry collections, including The Art of Drowning (1995) and Picnic, Lightning (1998). He teaches in the writing program at Sarah Lawrence College.

Trevor Corson ("China's Blue-Collar Blues") is a contributing editor and the acting managing editor of Transition magazine, at Harvard University. His essays and reviews have appeared in The American Prospect, AsianWeek, and Dollars and Sense.

Francis Davis ("Jazz -- Religious and Circus") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic. He is at work on a book about John Coltrane.

Peter Davison ("These Days") is the poetry editor of The Atlantic. His poem in this issue will appear in his forthcoming book, Breathing Room, to be published by Knopf this fall.

James Fallows ("Inside the Leviathan") was the Washington editor of The Atlantic from 1979 to 1996. His most recent book is Breaking the News (1996).

Ian Frazier ("Desert Hideaway") is the author of Family (1994) and Coyote v. Acme (1996). His most recent book, On the Rez, was published last month.

Nadine Gordimer ("The Generation Gap") has lived in South Africa all her life. She is the author of twelve novels, ten short-story collections, and six nonfiction collections. She received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991.

D. D. Guttenplan ("The Holocaust on Trial") lives in London and is a contributing editor of The Nation.

Sebastian Matthews ("Walking With Walter") is a visiting writer at Pitzer College, in Claremont, California. His work has appeared in The New England Review and Jacaranda Review.

Cullen Murphy ("Nominal Authority") is The Atlantic's managing editor.

Hanoch Piven (cover art) was born in Uruguay and raised in Israel. He came to the United States in 1987 and graduated from the School of Visual Arts, in New York, in 1992. He was awarded a gold medal by the Society of Illustrators in 1994. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly.

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The Atlantic Monthly; February 2000; The Atlantic Monthly Contributors - 00.02; Volume 285, No. 1; page 6.