Brett Berk writes the weekly online car column Stick Shift for Vanity Fair. He is also a fiction writing instructor at The New School, and his short stories have appeared in journals including Fiction, Tin House, The Mississippi Review, and Other Voices. His non-fiction writing on child development, parenting, and/or cars has appeared in or forthcoming from Babble, Cookie, Parenting, The Chicago Tribune, MomLogic, Time Out New York Kids, The L.A. Times, Jalopnik, GayWheels, and Car and Driver, and on NPR’s Tell Me More. In his spare time, he conducts research and consulting work for people who make media, toys, and consumer products for children. He is the author of The Gay Uncle’s Guide To Parenting, and is at work on a new book on oddball automotive subcultures, tentatively titled Autopias.
Jamie Lincoln Kitman is a columnist and editor for Automobile Magazine and England’s Top Gear, and winner of the 2009 National Magazine Award for commentary. A previous winner of the IRE medal for investigative magazine reporting, and a frequent contributor to The Nation, Harper’s and GQ, he is currently preparing a book on the history of lead in gasoline. A lawyer and member of the New York and New Jersey bars, in his copious spare time, Kitman is president of The Hornblow Group USA, Inc., a rock management firm whose clients have included They Might Be Giants, OK Go, Tally Hall, The La’s, Mike Doughty, Yo La Tengo, Violent Femmes, the Beautiful South, Pere Ubu, Mike Viola and the Meat Puppets.