Control Freak DAVID L. ULIN, David L. Ulin is the author of "Cape Cod Blues" (Red Dust), a collection of poems. He is writing a book about Jack Kerouac for the University of California Press
Downhill Racer LINDA JAIVIN, Linda Jaivin is the author of "Eat Me" (Broadway Books)
Capitol Kvetch JENNIFER BRADLEY, Jennifer Bradley is a reporter for Roll Call in Washington, D.C. She has also written for the New Republic and the American Prospect
Class Reunion BENJAMIN SCHWARZ, Benjamin Schwarz is executive editor of World Policy Journal
Pillow Talk MICHAEL FRANK, Michael Frank is the author of short stories and essays. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Antaeus, the Southwest Review, Glimmer Train and the New York Times
Wanderlust THOMAS CURWEN, Thomas Curwen is the deputy editor of Book Review
Unions Could Benefit in the 'New Economy' MANUEL PASTOR JR., MANUEL PASTOR JR. is chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a research fellow at the International & Public Affairs Center at Occidental College in Los Angeles
Calling Drug Abuse Illness Is Sickening KENNETH L. KHACHIGIAN, Kenneth L. Khachigian is a veteran political strategist and former White House speech writer who practices law in Orange County. His column appears here every other week
Mamphela Ramphele SCOTT KRAFT, Scott Kraft, the Times' deputy foreign editor, was South Africa correspondent from 1988 until 1993. He interviewed Mamphela Ramphele during her latest visit to Los Angeles and also from South Africa
Beyond the Edge Eric H. Monkkonen, Eric H. Monkkonen, a professor of history and policy studies at UCLA, is the author of "America Becomes Urban."
Beyond the Edge Richard Weinstein, Richard Weinstein is a professor of architecture at UCLA
Fighting for the Soul of the Union Movement David Kusnet, David Kusnet, a visiting fellow at the Economic Policy Institute, was chief speech writer for President Bill Clinton from 1992 through 1994. He is the author of "Speaking American: How the Democrats Can Win in the Nineties."