From the very beginning, in 1991, every piece in this volume was written with this book in mind. But every single one was also prepublished, intentionally so. It is the reaction of readers—and especially of friends all over the world, former students, present and former clients—that ultimately determines whether a piece is worthy of being included in the final book. Prepublication is, so to speak, my market test.

For the most part, the pieces chosen appear as chapters in this book without any change other than perhaps a new title or a restoration of cuts that had to be made to fit a piece into a magazine or newspaper. But three long pieces in this book are substantially different from the version in which they were published originally— ...

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