Leave Urban Planning for Professionals GIDEON KANNER and MICHAEL M. BERGER, The authors practice constitutional land use law at Berger & Norton in Santa Monica. Gideon Kanner is also professor emeritus at Loyola Law School
It's Soap Opera, But Also Law Edward P. Lazarus, Edward P. Lazarus is the legal correspondent for Talk magazine and author of "Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall and Future of the Modern Supreme Court."
Third Shock Due Robert A. Manning and Amy Myers Jaffe, Robert A. Manning, senior fellow and director of Asian studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of the forthcoming "The Asian Energy Factor." Amy Myers Jaffe is senior energy analyst at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University
Bush's Critical Big Choice Linda A. DiVall, Linda A. DiVall, president of a public- research firm, was a senior advisor to Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign
Robert Kennedy Jr. Lewis MacAdams, Lewis MacAdams, a poet, is the founder and chairman of Friends of the Los Angeles River. His new book, "Birth of the Cool," will be published early next year
Consequences of a Corporatized Diplomacy Robert A. Hooper, Robert A. Hooper, visiting associate professor of film and television at UCLA, was a Fulbright scholar in Fiji in 1994. He helped train the staff of Fiji's TV station, which was ransacked last week
The Reel Deal AMY WALLACE, Amy Wallace, a Times staff writer, covers Hollywood for the Calendar section
The Draftsman's Contract CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, Christopher Hitchens, a columnist for Vanity Fair, is the author of numerous books, including the just-published paperback "No One Left to Lie To: The Politics of America's Worst Family" (Verso). His essay will appear as the introduction to "Safe Area Gorazde."