The Boss RICHARD M. SUDHALTER, Richard M. Sudhalter is a biographer of jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke and author of "Lost Chords: White Musicians and Their Contributions to Jazz, 1915-1945." A trumpeter and music historian, he is at work on a biography of composer Hoagy Carmichael
Hey, Mr. Design Man JESSICA HELFAND, Jessica Helfand is the author of "Paul Rand: American Modernist" and 'Six (+2) Essays on Design and New Media." She practices graphic design in Falls Village, Connecticut and teaches at Yale University School of Art
The Republican Mania Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips is the author of "The Politics of the Rich and Poor." His most recent book is "The Cousin's War: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America."
Who Is Conspiring Against Paradise? Richard Rodriguez, Richard Rodriguez, an editor at Pacific News Service, is author of "Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father."
Academics and Spies: The Silence That Roars David N. Gibbs, David N. Gibbs, an associate professor of political science at the University of Arizona, is the author of "The Political Economy of Third World Intervention."
Fired By Big Brother GREG MILLER, Greg Miller is a Times staff writer covering technology and society
An Artist at The Abyss RICHARD CHEVERTON, Richard Cheverton last wrote for the magazine about modern architecture in the San Fernando Valley. He is the author of "The Maverick Way" (Maverick Way Publishing)
Finding God in L.A. DAN HARDER, Dan Harder last wrote for the magazine about photographer David Muench