Aerial Photos of the Plains : For Charles Baxter JAMES KRUSOE, From "Hotel de Dream" (Illuminati Publishers: $8.95; 58 pp.) . James Krusoe's previous books include "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ," "Jungle Girl," "Small Pianos, and History of the World." He edits the Santa Monica Review and teaches at Santa Monica College.
Argument for Keeping Mortgages Small HOWARD S. MARKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Marks is an executive with a Los Angeles-based investment management firm. He is responsible for $3 billion invested in high yield bonds, convertible securities and the debt of financially distressed corporations. and
PLATFORM : Damaging Message CHILTON ALPHONSE is director of the Community Youth Sports and Arts Foundation, which provides counseling to gang members and other troubled youths in Los Angeles. Reacting to Banning High School's decision to forfeit a football game with Dorsey High over concerns of possible gang violence, he told The Times: