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Alston Chase ("Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber") is the author of Playing God in Yellowstone (1986) and In a Dark Wood (1995). He is at work on a book about Theodore Kaczynski.
William Drayton ("Secret Gardens"), a former management consultant for McKinsey and Company, is a social entrepreneur and the founder of the organizations Youth Venture, Get America Working!, and Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.
Erica Funkhouser ("Passage") teaches a poetry-writing workshop at MIT. She is the author of Sure Shot and Other Poems (1992) and The Actual World (1997).
Adam Goodheart ("On the Air") is a columnist for Civilization magazine and a member of the editorial board of The American Scholar.
Hal Herring ("Money Game") writes for Field and Stream, High Country News, and Bugle, the magazine of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Jamie James ("Wordsworth Slept Here") is the author of The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe (1993). Robert D. Kaplan ("The Return of Ancient Times") is a correspondent for The Atlantic, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and the author of The Coming Anarchy (2000).
Larry Levinger ("The Prophet Faulkner"), a former contributing editor of Geo, is a freelance writer and a marketing and communications consultant. He is at work on a novel.
Thomas Mallon ("A New Social Type Is Born") is a novelist whose books include Dewey Defeats Truman (1997) and Two Moons (2000).
Joel Rogers ("America's Forgotten Majority") is a professor of sociology, law, and political science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he also directs the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. Ruy Teixeira is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation and the author of The Disappearing American Voter (1992). Their article in this issue of The Atlantic will appear, in somewhat different form, in their book, America's Forgotten Majority: Why the White Working Class Still Matters, to be published by Basic Books this month.
David Schiff ("Threepenny Composer") is a composer and a professor of music at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon.
Paul Taylor (cover art) is a freelance commercial photographer. He has done work for Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mercedes, Qualcomm, Delta Airlines, Money, SmartMoney, and Utne Reader.
Daly Walker ("I Am the Grass") is a surgeon and a Vietnam veteran. He is completing a collection of short stories and is working on a novel.