Writers, Readers and Rushdie WILLIAM H. GASS, William H. Gass is a novelist and critic and the director of the International Writers Center at Washington University in St. Louis. His novel "The Tunnel" is due out next year
The Unseen Damage : South-Central Homes Suffered in Quake--and They Need Aid JIM CHILDS, Jim Childs has lived in Los Angeles for more than 30 years, half that time in the West Adams historic district. He is chairman of the housing and planning subcommittee of the Adams-Normandie Project Area Committee, an advisory body to the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, which allocates city funds for redevelopment and rehabilitation projects. He is also chairman of the Adams Dockweiler Heritage Organizing Committee and a member of the West Adams Heritage Assn., two local preservation groups.
Is the House You Are Buying Quake Safe? SAMIR A. LAWRENCE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Lawrence is structural section manager of the Ralph M. Parsons Co., a Pasadena-based international engineering and construction organization. He recently built his own home in Glendale
Who Is Responsible for Quake Repairs? JAN HICKENBOTTOM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Hickenbottom is a past president of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), a national nonprofit research and educational organization
The Bosnia Trap : Solving the Unsolvable WALTER RUSSELL MEAD, Walter Russell Mead, a contributing editor to Opinion, is the author of "Mortal Splendor: The American Empire in Transition" (Houghton Mifflin). He is now working on a book about U.S. foreign policy for the 20th Century Fund
Ending the Nuclear Threat: Buy Your Enemies' Bombs Gar Alperovitz, Gar Alperovitz, president of the National Center for Economic Alternatives and author of "Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam" (Simon & Shuster), is writing a book on the launching of the nuclear era.
Is Metrolink More Than an Insurance Policy Against Disaster? William Fulton and Stephen Svete, William Fulton is editor and publisher of California Planning & Development Report, a monthly newsletter. Stephen Svete is a planning consultant with Fugro West, Inc., and a contributing editor to the newsletter.