ABOUT PAUL SHEEHAN- His work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Atlantic Monthly, but most of his writing has been for The Sydney Morning Herald where he is a senior writer. He has served as the Herald's Chief-of-Staff, Day Editor and Washington Correspondent. He was a Niemen Fellow at Harvard and has degrees from the Australian National University, and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York. A piece he wrote for The New Yorker was selected to appear in Best American Essays 1997. MEDIA COMMENTS ABOUT SHEEHAN - "It tells you something that the editors of The Atlantic Monthly had to find an Australian (Paul Sheehan) to write heterodoxy still too daring for most American writers.' WALL STREET JOURNAL "Anyone who fears that essay writing has fallen prey to endless intellectual pandering or personal drivel should peruse this collection. At their best, they provoke a reader into seeing what's obvious but easily overlooked...The essay by Australian journalist, Paul Sheehan...is a standout.