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  • First Fiction MARK ROZZO

  • Boomtown Bladerunner and Its Discontents JONATHAN KIRSCH, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People."

  • Southern Comforts MICHAEL HARRIS, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.

  • L.a. Confidential EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.

  • Discoveries SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS

  • The Glowing World BARBARA MacADAM, Barbara MacAdam is a senior editor of ARTnews.

  • Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Worse PETER G. GOSSELIN, Peter G. Gosselin is a national economics correspondent for The Times in Washington, D.C.

  • Tower of Babel EARL SHORRIS, Earl Shorris is the co-editor, with Miguel Leon-Portilla, of "In the Language of Kings: An Anthology of Mesoamerican Literature," and the author of "Latinos: A Biography of the People" and "Under the Fifth Sun: A Novel of Pancho Villa."

  • No Holds Barred GARY INDIANA, Gary Indiana is the author of several novels, including "Resentment: A Comedy," "Depraved Indifference" and "Three Month Fever: The Andrew Cunanan Story."

  • The Piano Man PETER GREEN, Peter Green is the former fiction critic of the London Daily Telegraph.

  • Nits and Picks MELISSA McCOY, Melissa McCoy is The Times' assistant managing editor for copy desks.

  • Ways of Seeing LANGDON HAMMER, Langdon Hammer is the author of "Hart Crane and Allen Tate: Janus-Faced Modernism" and the co-editor of "O My Land, My Friends: The Selected Letters of Hart Crane." He is a professor of English at Yale University.

  • Just How 'Victorian' Were the Victorians? FREDERIC MORTON, Frederic Morton is the author of "The Rothschilds: A Family Portrait" and "A Nervous Splendor: Vienna, 1888-1889," both National Book Award finalists.

  • The Wound That Refuses to Heal VIVIAN GORNICK, Vivian Gornick is a contributing writer to Book Review.

  • Down These Mean Streets TOM HAYDEN, Tom Hayden chaired a state Senate task force on gang violence prevention. He teaches a course on gangs at Occidental College and is writing a book on the subject.

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