To Our Readers: Apr. 18, 1994

Jim Collins, TIME's newly appointed arts and media editor, is a journalist acutely adept at eyeing and analyzing trends. But in the late '80s he himself became part of a significant one. Like other disaffected Wall Streeters of the ) era, Collins, who holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, left his job at a New York investment bank in search of something more fulfilling. Thankfully, it was not the simple life that he sought.

"I wanted to get back to writing and journalism," says Collins, 35, who as an undergraduate at Harvard had been a member of the Lampoon, the university's...

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