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Nina Cassian ("Youthing"") is the author of Take My Word for It, a collection of poems, to be published next year.

Mark Derr ("To Whale or Not to Whale") is a poet and a journalist. His most recent book, Dog's Best Friend: Annals of the Dog-Human Relationship, was published in June.

Matthew Gurewitsch ("Maria, Not Callas") is a cultural essayist and lecturer in New York City.

Garrison Keillor ("Talk Radio") is the host of the Public Radio International show A Prairie Home Companion. His story in this issue is adapted from his book Wobegon Boy, to be published by Viking Penguin this month.

William Langewiesche ("Slam and Jam") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of Sahara Unveiled (1996) and has just completed Inside the Sky, a travel book about flying.

Tom LeClair ("An Underhistory of Mid-Century America") teaches modern literature at the University of Cincinnati. His most recent book is a novel, Passing Off (1996).

John Maggard (cover art) lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the designer of the mini-marathon poster for the American Heart Association. His work has often won recognition from the Society of Illustrators.

William Matthews ("Dire Cure") is a professor of English at City College, in New York. His latest collection of poems, Time & Money (1995), received the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Robert Morgan ("Option") is a professor of English at Cornell University and the author of several books, including Green River: New and Selected Poems (1991) and The Truest Pleasure (1995), a novel.

Phyllis Rose ("The Music of Silence") is a professor of English at Wesleyan University. Her essay in this issue appears in somewhat different form in her book The Year of Reading Proust: A Memoir in Real Time, to be published by Scribner this month.

Francine Russo ("Can the Government Prevent Divorce?") writes frequently on human behavior and the law. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and other national publications.

Witold Rybczynski ("Keeping the Modern Modern") is the Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. His most recent book is City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World (1995).

Peter Schrag ("The Near-Myth of Our Failing Schools") writes frequently on education and politics. He is the author of Paradise Lost: The California Experience and the American Future, to be published next spring.

Lawrence Weschler ("An Anatomy Lesson") is the author of Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder (1995). He is at work on a book titled Vermeer in Bosnia, about the aftermath of the recent wars in the former Yugoslavia.

Copyright © 1997 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; October 1997; Contributors; Volume 280, No. 4; page 8.

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