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  • Los Angeles Times Bestsellers / April 26, 1998

  • Bright Lights, Big City TED LIBBEY, Ted Libbey is the author of "The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection" and the forthcoming "NPR Encyclopedia of Classical Music." He is heard every week on National Public Radio's "Performance Today."

  • House of Blues RICHARD EDER, Richard Eder is book critic for The Times

  • Getting It Right JOHN LUKACS, John Lukacs is the author of "The Hitler of History" and of "A Thread of Years."

  • Poet of Light JUDY STONE, Judy Stone, a former film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, is the author of "Eye on the World: Conversations With International Filmmakers."

  • Paradise Now HELLER McALPIN, Heller McAlpin is a novelist and critic. She is working on a family memoir, "Life in the Compound."

  • Hello Dolly ROBERT LEE HOTZ, Robert Lee Hotz is a Times science writer

  • The Gambler PETER BISKIND, Peter Biskind is the author of "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood."

  • Touchy-Feelie DIANE ACKERMAN, Diane Ackerman is the author of many books about nature and human nature, including "A Natural History of the Senses," "A Natural History of Love" and, most recently, "A Slender Thread," a work of nonfiction, and "I Praise My Destroyer," a work of poetry

  • The Alibi of Art ROGER SHATTUCK, Roger Shattuck is the author of several books, including "The Banquet Years: The French Avant-Garde Before World War I," "Forbidden Knowledge" and "The Innocent Eye: On Modern Literature & the Arts." His essay is a revised version of the second annual Irving Howe Memorial Lecture, which he delivered at the Center for the Humanities, City University of New York

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