What happened on August 23, 1998
The Dialectic of Devotion HELLER MCALPIN, Heller McAlpin is a novelist and critic. She is working on a family memoir, "Life in the Compound."
Society of the Spectacle BARRY GLASSNER, Barry Glassner is the author of several books, including, most recently, "Career Crash: The Crisis and Who Survives" and a forthcoming book on fear in American society. He is a professor of sociology at USC
One Point Three JOYCE JOHNSON, Joyce Johnson is the author of the Beat memoir "Minor Characters," which won a 1983 National Book Critics Circle award. Her other books include "In the Night Cafe" and "What Lisa Knew."
Saint Jack HERBERT GOLD, Herbert Gold is the author of many books, including "She Took My Arm As If She Loved Me" and "Bohemia," a study of the bohemian life
Strange Fruit BENJAMIN SCHWARZ, Benjamin Schwarz is a contributing writer to Book Review and a contributing editor to the Atlantic Monthly
The Spinning of America DEBRA GOLDMAN, Debra Goldman writes a column on advertising and culture for Adweek magazine
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
All-or-Nothing Charter Reform Guarantees the Latter WALTER N. PRINCE, Walter N. Prince, chairman of the Governmental and Community Affairs Committee of the northwest Valley homeowners group PRIDE, ran as a candidate for the elected charter reform commission
No Time to Lose ROBERT OURLIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another Option: Grow and Die ARTHUR J. STANLOW, Arthur J. Stanlow writes from Costa Mesa
Hometown Pride COLL METCALFE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the Lewinsky Affair, Whose Behavior Is Scandalous? ROBERT B. McLAREN, Robert B. McLaren has been a professor at Cal State Fullerton for 31 years. He is the author of "The World of Philosophy" and "Christian Ethics, Foundations and Practice."
Milt McAuley STEVE HYMON, Steve Hymon is a Times staff writer
RAWS Data MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Child Support Not Only Measure of Parent's Worth JOHN SMITH, John Smith of Beverly Hills is national coordinator of the Alliance for Non-Custodial Parents Rights, based in Santa Barbara
Robert McNulty DOUG ADRIANSON, Doug Adrianson is editor of The Times Ventura County Edition editorial pages
Hunt for the Perfect Hawaiian Shirt BARRY ZWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Zwick is a Times assistant news editor
Through Rain, Shine or Midnight Buffet, the Show Must Go On SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH, Slater and Basch travel as guests of the cruise lines. Cruise Views appears twice a month
Biking Starts Where the Bus Stops LUCY IZON, Izon is a Toronto-based freelance writer. She can be reached at http://www.izon.com
Painting the Town JEAN PENN, Penn is a freelance writer who lives in Santa Monica
Low-Rise Hawaii KAUI PHILPOTTS, Philpotts is a Maui-based freelance writer
Kona: What's Brewin'? WANDA A. ADAMS, Adams is Features Editor of the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper
Gardens in Eden RITA ARIYOSHI, Ariyoshi is the winner of the National Steinbeck Center's short story competition. Her latest book, "Hula Is Life," will be published in November by Belknap (Honolulu)
In Religion and Politics, Will Attacking Gays Attract Followers? Martin E. Marty, Martin E. Marty is a professor of the history of religion at the University of Chicago and senior editor of the Christian Century Magazine. He directs the Public Religion Project, a nonprofit group analyzing the role of religion in public life
'Cui Bono?'--Can the Country Benefit From This? David M. Kennedy, David M. Kennedy is a professor of history at Stanford University and the author of "Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945," to be published by Oxford University Press next spring
Alan M. Schom Ann Brenoff, Ann Brenoff is an assistant editor on the Op-Ed page of The Times. She interviewed Alan Morris Schom on the phone from his home in Monteaux, France
Clinton Embodies Moral and Econo Excess of '90s Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips, publisher of American Political Report, is author of "The Politics of Rich and Poor." His most recent book is "Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street and the Frustrations of American Politics."
Missile Strikes: The Double-Edged Sword of a Strong State Yossi Melman, Yossi Melman, a journalist for the Daily Ha'aretz, specializes in intelligence and terrorism. He is the author of "Every Spy a Prince: A Complete History of Israel's Intelligence Community."
Markets Biggest Threat to Peace Walter Russell Mead, Walter Russell Mead, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of "Mortal Splendor: The American Empire in Transition" and is writing a book about U.S. foreign policy
Small Pleasures on the Road to Reconciliation VU-DUC VUONG, Vu-Duc Vuong, a writer and teacher in the Bay Area, publishes Viet House, a digest of news about Vietnam. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Impeachment Isn't a Popularity Contest JOSEPH M. BESSETTE, Joseph M. Bessette is a professor of government and ethics at Claremont McKenna College, where he teaches a course on the presidency and the Constitution
City Schools Need Corrective Surgery TIMOTHY B. LYNCH, Timothy B. Lynch, a deputy city controller in Los Angeles, is vice chairman of the Proposition BB Oversight Committee. These views are his own
Is Adams Another Collins? Kelly Candaele, Kelly Candaele is a contributing writer for Irish America magazine and has written for the Nation and the New York Times
Environmental Wolf in Sheep's Clothing EDWARD EVERETT VAILL, Edward Everett Vaill is a partner in a Los Angeles law firm and chair of the Legal Committee of the American Alpine Club, a national organization dedicated to mountaineering and rock climbing
Race Is Important--Just Not the Only Important Factor Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, associate editor at Pacific News Service, is a fellow at the Pepperdine Institute for Public Policy
On Her Majesty's Not-So-Secret Service[ David Wise, David Wise, who writes frequently about spies, is the author of "Nightmover: How Aldrich Ames Sold the CIA to the KGB for $4.6 Million."
Rededicated to Schumann Mark Swed, Mark Swed is The Times' music critic
Watch Out for the Recoil Kenneth Turan, Kenneth Turan is The Times' film critic
A Tradition Unbound Sean Mitchell, Sean Mitchell is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Still Crisp Natalie Nichols, Natalie Nichols writes about pop music for Calendar
How's the Fit? Jane Hall, Jane Hall is a Times staff writer
At Home, but Out of Place Scarlet Cheng, Scarlet Cheng writes frequently about the arts
Weaving the Ways of the World MaLin Wilson, MaLin Wilson is an art writer based in Santa Fe
A Confederacy of Dummies Paul Brownfield, Paul Brownfield is a Times staff writer
Her Truth Is Out There Elysa Gardner, Elysa Gardner is a regular contributor to Calendar from New York