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
All or Nothing MARGARET WERTHEIM, Margaret Wertheim is the author of "The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet."
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
Fired By Big Brother GREG MILLER, Greg Miller is a Times staff writer covering technology and society
The Sound of Distant Stars JORDAN RAPHAEL, Jordan Raphael's last story for the magazine was about the Internet adventures of comics icon Stan Lee
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."
The Conscience of a Pentecostal Martin E. Marty, Martin E. Marty is emeritus professor of religious history at the University of Chicago and author of "Politics, Religion and the Common Good."
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."