for December 2003/January 2004

  • Michael Atkinson writes about film for the Village Voice. He is the author of Ghosts in the Machine: Speculating on the Dark Heart of Pop Cinema (Limelight Editions, 2000) and a new volume of poetry, One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train (Word Works, 2002).
  • Amy Benfer is the managing editor of Paper magazine and a regular contributor to She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Tom Bissell is a regular Believer contributor. His first book, Chasing the Sea, an account of his journey through Uzbekistan to the Aral Sea, the world’s worst man-made ecological catastrophe, was published in September, which was followed shortly by Speak, Commentary, co-authored with Jeff Alexander, a volume of fake DVD commentaries. He lives in New York City.
  • Christopher Bollen is a sometime art critic, sometime magazine writer, sometime editor. He lives in New York and is writing his first novel—something to do with Ohio, politics, and reptiles, if that’s possible.
  • Dan Chiasson is author of the poetry collection The Afterlife of Objects (University of Chicago Press, 2002). He lives in New York City.
  • Malaika Costello-Dougherty is finishing her master’s in journalism at Medill and moving back to San Francisco. She is working on a book.
  • Ben Ehrenreich is a writer who lives in Los Angeles. He has recently finished his first novel.
  • Carl Elliott teaches philosophy at the University of Minnesota and is currently a visiting associate professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is the author of a book about “enhancement technologies” called Better Than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream (Norton, 2003).
  • Erin Ergenbright is the coauthor (with Thisbe Nissen) of The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
  • Ken Foster is the author of a collection of stories, The Kind I’m Likely to Get, and the editor of two anthologies, Dog Culture: Writers on the Character of Canines and The KGB Bar Reader. He is currently a visiting instructor at Florida State University.
  • Nick Hornby is the author of five books, most recently Songbook. He lives in north London.
  • Eli Horowitz spent Thanksgiving with his family in Virginia. He lives in Berkeley, California.
  • Gideon Lewis-Kraus lives in San Francisco and does various ad hoc work for the Believer, including the centerpiece charts; his fourth attempt appears in this issue. He did an interview once.
  • Linda Saetre is an international film and documentary distributor who is always on her way to Europe somewhere. She lives in the East Village and works on Park Avenue.
  • Jim Shepard has a new novel and a collection of stories coming out from Knopf in January.
  • David Shields’s new book, Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine, from which “The Wound and the Bow” has been adapted, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in May.
  • Wells Tower’s writing has appeared in the Paris Review, the Oxford American, Fence, and elsewhere. He lives in New Orleans.