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  • Life Is Precious--or It's Not BARBARA KINGSOLVER, Barbara Kingsolver's latest novel is "The Poisonwood Bible" (HarperCollins, 1998)

  • Area Codes

  • School Shootings

  • The New Isolationists Thomas Bender, Thomas Bender is professor of history at New York University and director of the Project on Cities and Urban Knowledge. He is the author of "Community and Social Change in America."

  • You Be the Judge

  • School Prayer

  • Military Caleb Carr, Caleb Carr is a contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and the author of "The Alienist" and "The Angel of Darkness."

  • Gas Prices

  • Japan Richard J. Samuels, Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is author of "Rich Nation, Strong Army: National Security and the Technological Transformation of Japan."

  • Yugoslavia Alex Alexiev, Alex Alexiev, an international business consultant, writes frequently on Russian and Eastern European affairs

  • What Was Davis Thinking? FRANK del OLMO, Frank del Olmo is an associate editor of The Times and a regular columnist

  • A Stranded Council District

  • Development William Fulton, William Fulton, editor and publisher of the California Planning & Development Report, is the author of "The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles," which will be published in paperback later this year

  • Iraq Daniel Byman and Matthew Waxman, Daniel Byman is a policy analyst at the Rand Corp. and Matthew Waxman is a consultant at Rand

  • Media and Violence

  • Good Move, Bad Reason

  • Employment David Kusnet, David Kusnet, a visiting fellow at the Economic Policy Institute, was chief speech writer for President Bill Clinton from 1992-1994. He is the author of "Speaking American: How the Democrats Can Win in the '90s."

  • Hamilton High Controversy

  • David Hepburn Matt Lait, Matt Lait covers the Los Angeles Police Department for The Times

  • Don't Further Empower Cliques BERNARD LEFKOWITZ, Bernard Lefkowitz is the author of "Our Guys: the Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb," which will air as a television movie in May

  • Japanese War Atrocities

  • How the Stanford 9 Test Institutionalizes Unequal Education Alex Caputo-Pearl, Alex Caputo-Pearl, who teaches 6th grade, is a member of the Labor/Community Strategy Center, a nonprofit organization involved in community organizing



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  • Can We Fight? EDWARD LUTTWAK, Edward Luttwak is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington and author of "Turbo-Capitalism: Winners and Losers in the Global Economy."

  • Holy Land JOHN UPDIKE, John Updike is the author of numerous books, most recently, "Bech at Bay: A Quasi-Novel." This essay will appear as the introduction to the first American edition of "The Haunted Major," which has just been released by The Ecco Press

  • First Fiction MARK ROZZO

  • American Tabloid ANN LOUISE BARDACH, Ann Louise Bardach is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. She wrote about the Ramsey case and was the first to publish, in Vanity Fair's October 1997 issue, the text of the ransom note

  • Home Run TOM MILLER, Tom Miller is the author of "Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels through Castro's Cuba" (Basic Books). He worked as a consultant to ESPN in Havana when the Baltimore Orioles played in March

  • Black Orpheus JONATHAN LEVI

  • An American Original JOSEPH RYKWERT, Joseph Rykwert is Paul Philippe Cret professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of several books, including "The Dancing Column."

  • Gothic Irony MICHAEL CARROLL, Michael Carroll's reviews have appeared in Punch magazine and the Guardian and his fiction most recently in "Men on Men 7" (Plume Books, 1998)

  • After the Fall of Saigon, By Walter McDonald

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