Ben Marcus is the author of Notable American Women
(Vintage), The Father Costume (Artspace Books), and The Age of Wire and String
(Dalkey Archive and Knopf). His stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Harper's,
Tin House, Fence, and Conjunctions. He teaches at Columbia University. Matthew
Derby is the author of Super Flat Times. The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, edited and introduced by Ben Marcus, will be published in April, 2004.