Piercing the Veil of Ignorance COLIN MCGINN, Colin McGinn is the author of "The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a Material World," 'The Character of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind" and "Ethics, Evil and Fiction." He is professor of philosophy at Rutgers University
The Worldly Philosopher FREDERIC RAPHAEL, Frederic Raphael is the author of 20 novels as well as many story collections, biographies, screenplays (including "Eyes Wide Shut') and translations from ancient Greek and Latin. His most recent book is "All His Sons: A Novella and Nine Stories
Hangmen Also Die CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, Christopher Hitchens, a columnist for Vanity Fair and The Nation, is the author of "The Trial of Henry Kissinger," to be published in May. His essay will be published this month as the introduction to a new edition of "A Handbook on Hanging."
Epiphanies Without End THOMAS MCGONIGLE, Thomas McGonigle is author of "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov" and "Going to Patchogue."
Chad's Back and Ready to Hang in L.A. ERIC DIAMOND, Eric Diamond is artistic director of Rough Theater, a local nonprofit political theater troupe, and writer/director of the political satires "Spin!," "Scary Monsters" and, most recently, "Media Whores." E-Mail: email@example.com
First Impressions of a President JAMES GERSTENZANG, Times staff writer James Gerstenzang has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. His last piece for the magazine was a profile of former U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor
Running Down Scott Boras ROSS NEWHAN, Ross Newhan, The Times' National Baseball Writer, has covered the sport for 40 years. He will be inducted into the writers wing of baseball's Hall of Fame in August