Between The Lines

It's true that French radicalistes are a sexy topic—but not nearly as scintillating as the arcana of food contamination, says Florence Williams, whose profile of the guerrilla gourmand José Bové, "The Roquefort Files," appears here. Williams's research required her to delve into subjects as bracing as listeria-infected cheese and pathogen-tainted duck confit. "I'm kind of obsessed with infectious diseases, emerging viruses, and mad cows," she says. "My husband thinks it's very strange."

As the editor of the House & Home section of The New York Times, Michael Cannell must constantly battle to prevent himself from "disappearing down the rabbit hole of effete, self-referential, incestuous discourse in the design world." One way he does this is by writing profiles of refreshingly wacky eccentrics like Richard Synergy, whose obsession with high-altitude kites is chronicled in "The Flight of the Millibar Messenger." The high jinks begin here.

"I frequently refer to colors as 'yummy,'" says photographer Girl Ray, whose work in our 2001 fitness-trends special ("The Fit List") highlights the energy and dynamism of the human body. Ray, who grew up watching prodigious amounts of television in suburban New Jersey, now lives in a New York apartment whose green living room is accessorized with an electric-blue couch. "What inspires me is a vivid palette," she says. "I just love color. Color is happiness."
Poor Bob Shacochis. While writing about surfing ("Return of the Prodigal Surfer"), he had to reexamine his decision to abandon the life of a dirtbag surfer and become a noted novelist. "Everything drawing me into the writing life also drew me away from the ocean," sighs the Florida-based contributing editor. "Those things have made my life waveless. I may never get over it." Rest assured, we'll send Bob to another beach soon.

Although the adventure world abounds with expert skiers, well-polished climbers, and gifted photographers, it's hard to find someone who's all three. Which makes Kristoffer Erickson a rare breed indeed. "I'm the sort of photographer that isn't standing on the sidelines, but is more a part of the action," says Erickson, who rips backcountry powder outside his home in Bozeman, Montana, guides in the Tetons each summer, and shot the photographs for "Down Time." "It's more fun that way."

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