No Blank Walls BARBARA ISENBERG, Barbara Isenberg is a frequent contributor to The Times. Her oral history, "State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work," will be published by William Morrow in October
Getting The Hang Of It MARY MCNAMARA, Mary McNamara is a staff writer in The Times' Southern California Living section. She last wrote for the magazine about the L.A. look
Don't Let the Establishment Define Neighborhood Councils Xandra Kayden and Stewart Kwoh, Xandra Kayden, a political scientist at UCLA's School of Public Policy and Social Research, is writing a book on the political structure of Los Angeles. Stewart Kwoh is president and executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California
Can the LAPD Reform Itself? Joe Domanick, Joe Domanick is the author of "To Protect and to Serve: LAPD's Century of War in the City of Dreams."
Let the Conversations Begin . . . THEODORE ZELDIN, Theodore Zeldin, a senior fellow at Oxford University, is the author of "Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives," due this fall from HiddenSpring