What happened on December 15, 1996
Whose 'Life' Was It, Anyway? Steven Smith, Steven Smith is an occasional contributor to Calendar
All You Need Is Ears Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
Waking the Ghosts Sean Mitchell, Sean Mitchell is an occasional contributor to Calendar
There'll Always Be a Berlioz Herbert Glass, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to Calendar
Just How Contemporary? Christopher Knight, Christopher Knight is The Times' art critic
The Cast Joins the Crowd Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
A Cultural Revolutionary Ken Smith, Ken Smith is a music writer based in New York
Trapping an Elusive Character Scott Collins, Scott Collins is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Hollywood's New Love Scene Patrick Goldstein, Patrick Goldstein is a regular contributor to Calendar
For This Director, Hollywood Can Wait David Gritten, David Gritten, based in England, is a frequent contributor to Calendar
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(E) Con Artists Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips, publisher of the American Political Report, is the author of "The Politics of Rich and Poor" and "Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street and the Frustration of American Politics" (Little Brown)
With Albright, Will Principle Return to Policy? JONATHAN CLARKE, Jonathan Clarke, a former member of the British diplomatic service, is with the Cato Institute in Washington
The MTA Is Not Political Enough William Fulton, William Fulton is the editor of California Planning & Development Report. His next book, "The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles," will be published in the spring by Solano Press Books
Reality Check for Pete Wilson: Time's Up FRANK del OLMO, Frank del Olmo is assistant to the editor of The Times and a regular columnist
The Case of the Missing Rating RICHARD D. HEFFNER and CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Richard D. Heffner, chairman of the movie rating system from 1974-1994, and Charles Champlin, former film critic and arts editor of The Times, are completing their book "The Rating Game."
Los Angeles' Well-Heeled Newcomers Roger Waldinger, Roger Waldinger, a professor of sociology at UCLA and director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, is the co-editor of "Ethnic Los Angeles" (Russell Sage Foundation) and the author of "Still the Promised City? African Americans and New Immigrants in Post-Industrial New York" (Harvard University Press)
How Much Influence Can U.S. Have in China? Maurice J. Meisner, Maurice J. Meisner is the Harvey Goldberg Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His most recent book is "The Deng Xiaoping Era: An Inquiry into the Fate of Chinese Socialism, 1978-1994" (Hill & Wang)
Japan: An Accident Waiting to Happen Shozo Azuma, Shozo Azuma is a member of Japan's House of Representatives and former parliamentary vice minister of foreign affairs
Does Region's Future Depend on 6th Runway? Dan Garcia and Steven P. Erie, Dan Garcia is president of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners and chairman of the LAX Master Plan. Steven P. Erie, a UC San Diego political science professor, is the author of "International Trade and Job Creation in Southern California: Facilitating Los Angeles/Long Beach Port, Rail, and Airport Development" (California Policy Seminar)
Playing 'Comeback Kid' for Real Susan Estrich, Susan Estrich, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a law professor at USC. She served as campaign manager for Michael S. Dukakis in 1988
Reinhardt and the Supreme Court: This Time, It's Personal David M. O'Brien, David M. O'Brien is a professor of government at the University of Virginia and author of numerous books on the Supreme Court, including "Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics" (Norton)
Just How High Is Too High in the Stock Market? Charles R. Morris, Charles R. Morris, a Wall Street consultant, is the author of "The Cost of Good Intentions," an analysis of the New York fiscal crisis. He is co-author of "Computer Wars: How the West Can Win in a Post-IBM World" (Times Books)
'Common Area' Term Needs a Lawyer's Look JAN HICKENBOTTOM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Hickenbottom is a past president of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Community Assns. Institute (CAI), a national nonprofit research and educational organization
Where You Live Gives Marketers Clues to Buying Habits KIRSTEN M. LAGATREE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Lagatree is a freelance writer in Falls Church, Va. She is the author of the book "Feng Shui: Arranging Your Home to Change Your Life" (Villard, 1996)
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN, John Edgar Wideman teaches in the English department of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is the author of several books, including "Brothers and Keepers," "Philadelphia Fire" and "The Homewood Trilogy."
Fiction MICHAEL HARRIS
Fiction MICHAEL HARRIS
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory SISTER SOULJAH, Sister Souljah is the author of "No Disrespect . "
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory TERRY McMILLAN, Terry McMillan is the author of several novels, including "Waiting to Exhale," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and "Disappearing Act."
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey is chairwoman of the Harpo Entertainment Group in Chicago. She produces and hosts "Oprah" and recently founded Oprah's Book Club. and
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory STANLEY CROUCH, Stanley Crouch is author of "Notes of a Hanging Judge" and "The All-American Skin Game."
Fiction MICHAEL HARRIS
Fiction MICHAEL HARRIS
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory CORNEL WEST, Cornel West is the author of numerous books, including "Race Matters." He is a professor of Afro-American studies and of the philosophy of religion at Harvard University
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory : THE NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE : Edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Nellie Y. McKay (W.W. Norton & Co.: $39.95, 2,665 pp.) JULIUS LESTER, Julius Lester is a professor in the Judaic Studies department and adjunct professor in the English and history departments at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including "All Our Wounds Forgiven," a novel about the civil rights movement, and "Sam and the Tigers," a new telling of "Little Black Sambo," published by Dial
Uh-oh : AIRFRAME, by Michael Crichton (Alfred A. Knopf: 352 pp., $26) THOMAS PETZINGER JR., Thomas Petzinger Jr. is the author of "Hard Landing: The Epic Contest for Power and Profits That Plunged the Airlines Into Chaos," due out in paperback from Times Books in January
Between Flights With Michael Crichton STEVE WASSERMAN, Steve Wasserman is editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review