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Tad Friend, a staff writer for The New Yorker, has been contributing pieces since 1987. He writes the magazine's Letter from California and often reports on the entertainment business. He is the author of Lost in Mongolia, a compilation of articles and essays, many of which were first published in The New Yorker.

Mark Singer has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1974. Most recently, he has written profiles of David Milch, the creator of HBO's Deadwood, and chef David Pasternack of Esca, who catches many of the fish he serves in his restaurant. Singer's books include Funny Money, which first appeared The New Yorker; Mr. Personality, a collection of Profiles and Talk of the Town pieces; and Somewhere in America, a compilation of his U.S. Journal articles from the magazine. A new collection of his New Yorker pieces, Character Studies, came out in July.

Elsa Walsh has been a New Yorker staff writer since 1995. She has recently contributed Profiles of Louis Freeh, Tipper Gore, and Prince Bandar. She is the author of Divided Lives: The Public and Private Struggles of Three American Women, published in 1995, which studied the lives of the television journalist Meredith Vieira, the conductor Rachael Worby, and the breast surgeon Alison Estabrook.

Lawrence Wright became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 1992. His two-part article "Remembering Satan" won the National Magazine Award for Reporting in 1994, the year his book of the same title was published. He wrote the screenplay for The Siege and is the author of several other books including Saints and Sinners, God's Favorite: A Novel, and the memoir In the New World.

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