To Our Readers: Feb. 12, 1996

FOR ANYONE CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT it is like to work at TIME, Calvin Trillin's 1980 novel, Floater, is required reading. The story of a hapless writer at a national weekly newsmagazine suspiciously like this one, it skewers some of TIME's most revered traditions, including this very page. Though Trillin now tries to pretend that Floater is "made up," he in fact gathered inside information during nearly three years on TIME's staff. In 1960, after graduating from Yale and serving in the Army, he joined the Atlanta bureau, reporting on the civil rights movement. He then moved to New York, where he...

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