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Charlotte Allen ("The Scholars and the Goddess") is the senior editor of Crisis magazine and is a contributing writer for Lingua Franca. She is the author of The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus (1998).

Kate Bolick ("My Mother's Dresses") is studying cultural reporting and criticism in the Department of Journalism at New York University. She was formerly a new-media editor of The Atlantic.

Carl Thor Dahlman (At Last Count), a Ph.D. candidate in geography at the University of Kentucky, is currently researching the international politics of Kurdish refugee migration.

Francis Davis ("I Hear America Scatting") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic. He is at work on a biography of John Coltrane and a history of jazz.

Peter Davison ("Province of the Past") is The Atlantic's poetry editor. His most recent collection of poetry, Breathing Room, was published in September.

Greg Delanty ("The Bindi Mirror") teaches at St. Michael's College, in Vermont, and is the author of The Hellbox (1998). His poem in this issue will appear in his forthcoming book, The Blind Stitch.

James Fallows ("Reading by Ear") is The Atlantic's national correspondent.

Trudy Lewis ("A Diller, a Daughter") is an associate professor in the creative-writing program at the University of Missouri at Columbia. She is the author of Private Correspondences (1994).

Gregory Manchess (cover art) is an artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Newsweek.

W. S. Merwin ("In the Open") is the author of more than fifteen books of poetry and nearly twenty translations, including Dante's Purgatorio (2000). A new book of his poems, The Pupil, will be published in October.

Charles R. Morris ("'The Worst Thing About My Church'") is the author of several books, including American Catholic (1997) and Money, Greed, and Risk (1999).

Jonathan Rauch ("The New Old Economy") is a senior writer and columnist for National Journal and a writer-in-residence at The Brookings Institution. His most recent book is Government's End: Why Washington Stopped Working (1999).

Sally Satel ("The Indoctrinologists Are Coming") is a psychiatrist at a drug-treatment clinic in Washington, D.C., and a lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her article in this issue is adapted from her book P.C., M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine, to be published this month.

Eric Schlosser ("Why McDonald's Fries Taste So Good") is a correspondent for The Atlantic. His article in this issue is adapted from his first book, Fast Food Nation, to be published this month by Houghton Mifflin.

Jeffrey Tayler ("Flushing Out the Shlaki") is the author of Siberian Dawn (1999) and Facing the Congo (2000). Two of his articles for The Atlantic have been included in Houghton Mifflin's Best American Travel Writing (2000).

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The Atlantic Monthly; January 2001; Contributors - 01.01; Volume 287, No. 1; page 4.