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Alex Beam ("Tabloid Law") is a columnist for The Boston Globe and the author of two novels, Fellow Travelers (1987) and The Americans Are Coming (1991).

Seymour Chwast (cover art) is the director of the Pushpin Group, a graphic-design firm in New York. His work, in a variety of media, has been exhibited widely in the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Michael Gerber and Jonathan Schwarz ("The Periodic Table of Rejected Elements") have written humor for many publications.

John Haines ("Poem for the End of the Century") is a poet, an essayist, and a teacher. His most recent book is At the End of This Summer: Poems 1948-54 (1997). His memoir, The Stars, the Snow, the Fire (1989), will be reissued in paperback next spring.

Ted Halstead ("A Politics for Generation X") is the president of the New America Foundation, in Washington, D.C.

Michael Hammer ("Is Work Bad for You?") is the president of Hammer and Company, a management education and research firm. His latest book is Beyond Reengineering: How the Process-Centered Organization Is Changing Our Work and Our Lives (1996).

Jennifer Bingham Hull ("Can Coffee Drinkers Save the Rain Forest?") is a writer who lives in Florida.

Jamie James ("Ubud, the Heart of Bali") is a critic and travel writer who lives in New York and Bali. He is the author of The Music of the Spheres: Science and the Natural Order of the Universe (1993) and Pop Art (1996).

Robert D. Kaplan ("China: A World Power Again") is a correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of six books, including Balkan Ghosts (1993), The Arabists (1993), The Ends of the Earth (1996), and An Empire Wilderness (1998).

Thomas Lux ("Henry Clay's Mouth") teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College. His most recent book is New and Selected Poems 1975-1995 (1997).

Charles C. Mann ("Living With Linux") is a correspondent for The Atlantic. His most recent book is @Large (1997), written with David Freedman. Mann's article in this issue is the first in a series of technology pieces that he will write for The Atlantic in the coming months.

Max Singer ("The Population Surprise") was a founder of the Hudson Institute. He is a co-author, with Aaron Wildavsky, of The Real World Order (1996).

Claude M. Steele ("Thin Ice: 'Stereotype Threat' and Black College Students") is the Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences at Stanford University. His articles have appeared in The New York Times and The American Prospect.

Lynna Williams ("Comparative Religion") is an associate professor of English at Emory University, where she directs the creative-writing program. She is the author of Things Not Seen and Other Stories (1992).

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The Atlantic Monthly; August 1999; Contributors - 99.08; Volume 284, No. 2; page 6.