Let It Be CAROL BRIGHTMAN, Carol Brightman is the author of "Sweet Chaos: The Grateful Dead's American Adventure" and "Writing Dangerously: Mary McCarthy and Her World."
Queen Mary CARI BEAUCHAMP, Cari Beauchamp is the author of "Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood" (Scribner / UC Press) and is currently working on a documentary based on her book for Turner Classic Movies
Camera Lucida SUSIE LINFIELD, Susie Linfield teaches in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism Program at New York University and is a contributing writer to Book Review
Family Man DIANE LESLIE, Diane Leslie is the author of "Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime."
Turmoil of Peace Awaits Middle East Robin Wright, Robin Wright, who covers global issues for The Times, is a former Middle East correspondent and the author of "The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran," due out in January
Viewing Macao as a Prelude to Taiwan W. SCOTT THOMPSON, W. Scott Thompson is the director of the Southeast Asian studies program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Real Trumps Virtual Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Pepperdine Institute of Public Policy and a research fellow at the Reason Foundation. His new book, "Repealing Geography: New Rules for Place in the Digital Age," will be published in September