The Sound of Distant Stars JORDAN RAPHAEL, Jordan Raphael's last story for the magazine was about the Internet adventures of comics icon Stan Lee
An Artist at The Abyss RICHARD CHEVERTON, Richard Cheverton last wrote for the magazine about modern architecture in the San Fernando Valley. He is the author of "The Maverick Way" (Maverick Way Publishing)
The Republican Mania Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips is the author of "The Politics of the Rich and Poor." His most recent book is "The Cousin's War: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America."
Who Is Conspiring Against Paradise? Richard Rodriguez, Richard Rodriguez, an editor at Pacific News Service, is author of "Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father."
Pride, Dread and Hope in Arkansas Jay Jennings, Jay Jennings, an Arkansawyer living in New York, has written for the Wall Street Journal, Modern Humorist, Vogue and Sports Illustrated
Academics and Spies: The Silence That Roars David N. Gibbs, David N. Gibbs, an associate professor of political science at the University of Arizona, is the author of "The Political Economy of Third World Intervention."
Getting Even With Saddam Hussein Henri J. Barkey, Henri J. Barkey, a professor of international relations at Lehigh University, served on the State Department's policy planning staff from 1998-2000
The Conscience of a Pentecostal Martin E. Marty, Martin E. Marty is emeritus professor of religious history at the University of Chicago and author of "Politics, Religion and the Common Good."
The Boss RICHARD M. SUDHALTER, Richard M. Sudhalter is a biographer of jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke and author of "Lost Chords: White Musicians and Their Contributions to Jazz, 1915-1945." A trumpeter and music historian, he is at work on a biography of composer Hoagy Carmichael
Hey, Mr. Postman STEPHEN VIZINCZEY, Stephen Vizinczey is the author of "In Praise of Older Women," "An Innocent Millionaire" and "Truth and Lies in Literature."
All or Nothing MARGARET WERTHEIM, Margaret Wertheim is the author of "The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet."
Hey, Mr. Design Man JESSICA HELFAND, Jessica Helfand is the author of "Paul Rand: American Modernist" and 'Six (+2) Essays on Design and New Media." She practices graphic design in Falls Village, Connecticut and teaches at Yale University School of Art
The Getaway LUCRETIA STEWART, Lucretia Stewart is the author of the novel "Making Love" and the editor of "Erogenous Zones: An Anthology of Sex Abroad."