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george plimpton
george plimpton
  George Plimpton, the originator of "participatory journalism," is the editor of The Paris Review. His books include Paper Lion, Out of My League, The Bogey Man, Open Net, The Curious Case of Sidd Finch, and, most recently, The X Factor. He lives in New York City.
 
 
richard zacks
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  Richard Zacks is the author of History Laid Bare, an extensive chronicle of sex throughout history which received media coverage in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Harpers, People, Details, New York, Vanity Fair, Playboy, and The Polish Gdansk. Zacks has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and has said the word "penis" on national television several times. He was educated at the American University in Cairo, the Universita Italiana per Stranieri, and Columbia University's Journalism School. Zacks has written for the New York Times syndicate, Time, and numerous other national magazines. Additional information about An Underground Education can be found on-line at his new website "www.forbiddenknowledge.com." Nude somersaults are promised.  
 
david haynes
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  David Haynes lives on airplanes and in business-class hotel rooms throughout America. Despite having run out of space on his many large bookcases, he is an avid watcher of Melrose Place and the British soap Eastenders. Currently a teacher-in-residence for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, he looks forward to engaging all comers in debates about the importance of high and rigorous standards for teachers, and, despite what you may have heard, has had his life changed not one bit since being named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.  
 
arthur bradford
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  I am 27 years old and live in Austin, Texas with my girlfriend and two dogs. One of my short stories, "Catface," is in the 1997 O. Henry collection. I work at the Texas School for the Blind, but I don't ever actually steal from blind people. I've known other unscrupulous folks who did such things, however.  
 
alison dorfman
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  Alison Dorfman is a writer, web site producer, landscaper, part-time Buddhist, occasional yogi, Naropa Institute alumnus, and daughter of Patty and Barry Dorfman, of Palm Coast, Florida.

Her first reading was at 6th-grade graduation. Since then, work has appeared in NY Press, SpinOnline, Bombay Gin, and BoogLit. Recently she was included in Coffeehouse Book--Writings from the Web. She was one of the founding editors of the St. Mark's Poetry Project Web site and created and curated Po Job--a email service that delivered poems daily.

When Alison is not writing, or clipping the hedges of the rich and famous, she can be found listening to the Beach Boys, talking with her cat, sipping martinis, or struggling through War and Peace.
 
 
tom wolfe
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  Tom Wolfe is the New York Times-bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and many other books and articles, including Ambush at Fort Bragg. A frequent contributor to Rolling Stone magazine, Wolfe has been called "the inventor of New Journalism--and possessor of the age's most distinctive prose style."  
 
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    Photo Credits: Richard Zacks: Kristine Dahl; David Haynes: Donna Kelly; Tom Wolfe: Jacques Lowe.