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Henri Cole ("Childlessness") teaches writing at Harvard. His most recent book is The Look of Things (1995).

Freeman J. Dyson ("Warm-Blooded Plants and Freeze-Dried Fish") is the president of the Space Studies Institute, and was until his retirement a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, New Jersey.

James Fallows ("A Democrat Who Admits It") is the editor of U.S. News & World Report and a contributing editor of The Atlantic.

Ian Frazier ("Typewriter Man") is the author of Great Plains (1989), Family (1994), and Coyote v. Acme (1996). He was recently awarded the first Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Seamus Heaney ("All Ireland's Bard"), a former Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University, received the 1995 Nobel Prize for literature.

Mark Hertsgaard ("Our Real China Problem") is an investigative reporter and the author of numerous books, including On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency (1988).

Nicholas Lemann ("The Reading Wars") is the national correspondent of The Atlantic.

Philip Levine ("The New World") is the author of many books, including The Simple Truth (1994), a collection of poems.

Glenn C. Loury ("The Conservative Line on Race") is a professor of economics and the director of the Institute on Race and Social Division at Boston University. His most recent book, One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America (1995), received an American Book Award.

Giacomo Marchesi (cover art) is an illustrator whose work has appeared in Time and Scientific American.

Katha Pollitt ("Feminism's Unfinished Business") is a poet and essayist and the author of Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism (1994).

E. Annie Proulx ("The Half-Skinned Steer") is the author of Postcards (1992); The Shipping News (1993), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction; and Accordion Crimes (1996).

David Schiff ("Redeeming the Rake") is a composer and a professor of music at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon.

Jeffrey Tayler ("Thin Walls, Bad Neighbors") is a writer who lives in Moscow.

Teller ("A Memory of the Nineteen-Nineties") is the shorter, quieter half of the noir comedy magic team Penn & Teller.

Richard Wilbur ("The Disappearing Alphabet") was poet laureate of the United States in 1987. He won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1957 for Things of This World and in 1989 for New and Collected Poems.

Garry Wills ("The Poses of Howard Hawks") is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America (1992).

Copyright © 1997 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; November 1997; Contributors; Volume 280, No. 5; page 6.

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