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Etienne Delessert (Cover Art) was born in Switzerland and lives in Connecticut. He is a painter and a writer and has illustrated many children's books. A retrospective of his work is being shown at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne and will travel through Europe, Taiwan, and Japan. A catalogue of this exhibit, titled Les Quatre Saisons, was published by the Olympic Museum in Lausanne last fall.

Michael Finkel ("Tree Surfing and Other Lofty Pleasures") is a contributing editor of Bicycling and Skiing magazines. His articles on unusual sports appear frequently in Sports Illustrated.

Donald Kennedy ("How to Pay for a Good College") is the president emeritus of Stanford University, where he is the Bing Professor of Environmental Science. His most recent book is Academic Duty (1997).

Corby Kummer ("Belgian and Bubbly") is a senior editor of The Atlantic and the author of The Joy of Coffee (1995).

William Langewiesche ("The Lessons of ValuJet 592") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and the author of Sahara Unveiled (1996). His article in this issue will appear in his book Inside the Sky: A Meditation on Flight, to be published this spring by Pantheon Books.

Gail Mazur ("They Can't Take That Away From Me") is the poet-in-residence of the Emerson College M.F.A. program. She is the author of The Pose of Happiness (1986) and The Common (1995).

James M. McPherson ("War in the Mind") is the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University. He won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in history for Battle Cry of Freedom. McPherson's most recent book is For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War(1997).

Francine Prose ("The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet") is a novelist whose Guided Tours of Hell (1997), a pair of novellas, was just released in paperback, along with her novel Bigfoot Dreams (1986).

Jonathan Schlefer ("Today's Most Mischievous Misquotation") teaches the writing of essays at Harvard University. He is a former editor of Technology Review.

Peter Schrag ("California, Here We Come") writes frequently on education and politics. His article in this issue will appear in somewhat different form in his book Paradise Lost: California's Experience, America's Future, to be published next month by The New Press.

David Solway ("Credo") is the author of Random Walks: Essays in Elective Criticism (1997).

Edward O. Wilson ("Back From Chaos") is the Research Professor and Honorary Curator in Entomology at Harvard University. Two of his books have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the general nonfiction category: On Human Nature (1978) and The Ants (1990). Wilson's article in this issue is taken from his book Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, which is to be published next month by Knopf.

Copyright © 1998 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; March 1998; Contributors; Volume 281, No. 3; page 4.

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