Robert Hartwell Fiske is the editor and publisher of The Vocabula Review, a journal about the English language, and the author of The Dictionary of Concise Writing. He lives in Rockport, Massachusetts. Joseph Epstein is the author of Friendship: An Expose and Snobbery: The American Version, and is the former editor of The American Scholar. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, and The New Yorker. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.