What happened on January 25, 1998
The State of the Union Is a Matter of Tense RICHARD DOOLING, Richard Dooling's new novel, "Brain Storm" is due out in April from Random House
Implacable Search, No Compromises Suzanne Garment, Suzanne Garment, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She is the author of "Scandal: The Culture of Mistrust in American Politics."
Democrats' Hopes Sink in Gender Gap DAN SCHNUR, Dan Schnur is a Republican political advisor based in Northern California
The Demise of America's Moment Richard Rodriguez, Richard Rodriguez, an editor at Pacific News Service, is the author of "Days of Obligation."
The Challenge of Clinton's State of the Union Address David Kusnet, David Kusnet, a visiting fellow at the Economic Policy Institute, was chief speech writer for President Bill Clinton during the 1992 campaign and the first two years of the administration. He is the author of "Speaking American: How the Democrats Can Win in the '90s."
The Ties That Bind President & Public Michael Kazin, Michael Kazin, who teaches history at American University, is the author of "The Populist Persuasion: An American History."
The Coming Shift in U.S.-Cuba Relations 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
Muhammad Yunus Nancy Yoshihara, Nancy Yoshihara is an editorial writer for The Times
Can Democracy Survive Assaults on Americans? Victor Perera, Victor Perera is the author of "Unfinished Conquest: The Guatemalan Tragedy" and "The Cross and the Pear Tree: A Sephardic Journey." He is currently working on a translation of the narratives of the Kogi Indians of northern Colombia
The Busman's Portfolio Rick Moranis, Rick Moranis is an actor and writer
Will the Real Crisis Please Stand Up ROBERT L. BOROSAGE, Robert L. Borosage is the co-director of the Campaign for America's Future, a Washington center for progressive research and education
Gov. Dan Lungren? Mark Z. Barabak, Mark Z. Barabak is a Times political writer
The Secret of Motherhood SUSAN STRAIGHT, Susan Straight last wrote for the magazine on the neighborhood children who gather at her house
Fractured Dreams PHILIP L. FRADKIN, Philip L. Fradkin, a former Times staff writer, is the author of "The Seven States of California" and the forthcoming "Magnitude 8: Earthquakes and Life Along the San Andreas Fault" (Henry Holt)
Getting All Souped-Up PATRIC KUH, Patric Kuh is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles
Stone Diaries CELESTE FREMON, Celeste Fremon last wrote for the magazine on her son's purchase of a BB gun
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Accessing Excellence at CSUN BLENDA WILSON and DAVID J. ERNST, Blenda Wilson is president of Cal State Northridge. David J. Ernst is executive director, integrated technology strategy information resources and technology for the Cal State University system
'Toss a Nickel Out the Window' RICK BRECUNIER, Editor's note: Rick Brecunier, co-owner of Tierra Rejada Ranch, read this statement to the Ventura County Agriculture Policy Working Group forum last week in Moorpark
Fear of Differences Is Just Another Way We're All Alike RUSTY KENNEDY, Rusty Kennedy is executive director of the Orange County Human Relations Commission and president of the California Assn. of Human Relations Organizations
It's Time for Quake-Claim Relief WALLY KNOX, Wally Knox, a Democratic state assemblyman, represents portions of the San Fernando Valley and Westside
Judge Bradley's Sins Are Partly Our Own ROBERT L. BEILIN, Robert L. Beilin, Ph.D., is a family therapist and a former mediator and director of Ventura County Superior Court Family Court Service Unit
For Life's Sake, Ban the 'Kiddie Pack' BRAD SHERMAN, Brad Sherman is Democratic congressman who represents portions of the West San Fernando Valley and Ventura County
Stop Making Our Teachers Scapegoats EILEEN SPATZ, Eileen Spatz is a home school teacher and mother of three. She writes from San Clemente
Dead Man Walking THOMAS McGONIGLE, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov" and "Going to Patchogue."
A LOVER'S ALMANAC. By Maureen Howard . Viking: 270 pp., $24.95 PAULA FRIEDMAN, Paula Friedman reviews contemporary literature for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle
NIGHT TRAIN. By Martin Amis . Harmony Books: 176 pp., $20 JONATHAN LEVI, Jonathan Levi is the author of the novel "A Guide for the Perplexed." He is a contributing writer to Book Review
BARNEY'S VERSION. By Mordecai Richler . Alfred A. Knopf: 355 pp., $25 GENE LICHTENSTEIN, Gene Lichtenstein is the editor of the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. From 1957 to 1962, he was a fiction editor at Esquire
THE DEEP GREEN SEA. By Robert Olen Butler . Henry Holt: 226 pp., $23 SUSIE LINFIELD, Susie Linfield is the acting director of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism Program at New York University. She is a contributing writer to Book Review
In Like a Lion Patrick Pacheco, Patrick Pacheco is a regular contributor to Calender from New York
Vintage Museum Gets New Look Suzanne Muchnic, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
Beethoven in Toto Mark Swed, Mark Swed is The Times' music critic
She's a Rainbow Elysa Gardner, Elysa Gardner is a regular contributor to Calendar from New York
Five Magnificent Millenniums Scarlet Cheng, Scarlet Cheng, an arts writer based in Hong Kong, traveled to New York for this story
Who Says You Have to Be a Star? Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a regular contributor to Calendar
Revelations in Blue Brian Lowry, Brian Lowry is a Times staff writer
The Breakthrough Break? Richard Cromelin, Richard Cromelin writes about pop music for Calendar
The Mysteries of 'Irma Vep' Diane Haithman, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
Strategies to Expand L.A.'s International Role 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
Even With 1997 Loss, Tax Bill May Be Due RUSS WILES, Russ Wiles is a mutual fund columnist for The Times and co-author of "How Mutual Funds Work," published by Simon & Schuster. He can be reached at email@example.com