M. G. LORD is the author of THE ACCIDENTAL FEMINIST: HOW ELIZABETH TAYLOR RAISED OUR CONSCIOUSNESS AND WE WERE TOO DISTRACTED BY HER BEAUTY TO NOTICE; FOREVER BARBIE: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF A REAL DOLL; and ASTRO TURF, a family memoir of aerospace culture during the Cold War. She currently lives in L.A. and teaches at the Univer sity of Southern California. After graduating from Yale, she served for 12 years as the editorial-page cartoonist for Newsday. Recently, she createD a graphic novel set in what she considers a perfect world. It is populated exclusively by anthropomorphic animals.