Helms: A Contrarian Who Never Forgets, or Forgives John Podhoretz, John Podhoretz, TV critic of the New York Post, is author of "Hell of a Ride: Backstage at the White House Follies 1989-1993" (Simon & Schuster). He is writing a book on the Republican ascendancy, to be published by G.P. Putnam's Sons
The World : A Dispute Over Who Is Governor May Bring Chiapas Back to a Boil Victor Perera, Victor Perera is the author of "Rites: A Guatemalan Boyhood" (Mercury) and co-author, with Robert D. Bruce, of "The Last Lords of Palenque: The Lacandon Mayas of the Mexican Rain Forest" (California). His next book, "The Cross and the Pear Tree: A Sephardic Journey," is due out from Knopf this spring
SEASON'S READINGS : Other Worlds TIM PARKS, Tim Parks' most recent book is "Goodness: A Novel" (Grove Atlantic). He is also the author of "Italian Neighbors: Or a Lapsed Anglo-Saxon in Verona" (also Grove-Atlantic).