Nature's Miracle ERNST MAYR, Ernst Mayr is the author of numerous books, including "This Is Biology: The Science of the Living World" (Harvard University Press). He is professor emeritus of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University
Memory Speaks THOMAS McGONIGLE, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov" and "Going to Patchogue."
East of Eden OSHA GRAY DAVIDSON, Osha Gray Davidson is the author, among other books, of "The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South" (Scribner), which was nominated for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in History
What Is Poetry About? CYNTHIA OZICK, Cynthia Ozick is the author, most recently, of "The Puttermesser Papers." Her essay was delivered May 5 as the keynote address at the annual awards ceremony of the Academy of American Poets in New York City. It is printed here with the kind permission of the author and courtesy of the American Poet, the publication of the Academy of American Poets
One-Off ROBERT FAGGEN, Robert Faggen is associate professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author of "Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin" (University of Michigan Press) and the editor of the forthcoming "Selected Poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson" from Penguin this fall
In Defense of Rach 3 Greg Sandow, Greg Sandow writes on classical music for the Wall Street Journal and other publications. He will be teaching a course at Juilliard this fall about classical music in a world of pop
Brutality in the Name of Public Safety Joseph D. McNamara, Joseph D. McNamara, who served as police chief in Kansas City and San Jose, Calif., is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Profiting From a Public Resource DOROTHY GREEN and CARLA BARD, Dorothy Green, founder of Heal the Bay, is a former Department of Water and Power commissioner. Carla Bard is a former chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board