Lawrence Weschler has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since the early eighties, where his work has stuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award (for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting 1992) and was recently granted a Lannan Literary Award. His books of political reportage include The Passion of Poland (1984); A Miracle, a Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers (1990); Calamities of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas (1998), and the forthcoming Vermeer in Bosnia. His “Passions and Wonders” series currently comprises Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin (1982); David Hockney’s Cameraworks (1984); Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder (1995); A Wanderer in the Perfect City: Selected Passion Pieces (1998) and Boggs: A Comedy of Values (1999). He has taught at Princeton, Columbia, UCSC, Bard, Vassar, and Sarah Lawrence, and is director o the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University.