What happened on October 14, 2001
Mexico: Guitar Central CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, Christopher Reynolds is a Times travel writer. He last wrote about South African safaris for the magazine
Far From the Madding Crowd JONATHAN KANDELL, Jonathan Kandell last wrote on artisans in Mexico for the magazine
Communing With the Jesuits RICHARD O'MARA, Richard O'Mara is a former foreign correspondent and foreign editor of the Baltimore Sun
Natural Wonderland CARL DUNCAN, Carl Duncan, who lives in British Columbia, last wrote about Hong Kong for the Los Angeles Times' Travel section, to which he is a frequent contributor
Lake Superior for the Soul KARIN WINEGAR, Karin Winegar last wrote on Virginia's Hunt Country for the magazine
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The End of Irony Was Announced Prematurely CHARLES FLEMING, Charles Fleming is the author of 'High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess.'
Attach Some Strings to That Airline Aid LINDA F. GOLODNER, Linda F. Golodner is the president of the National Consumers League, a nonprofit organization
Winning This War Is Easy; Then What? ROBERT D. KAPLAN, Robert D. Kaplan, a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, is author of "Soldiers of God: With the Mujahidin in Afghanistan," soon to be reissued
A Fight Without Precedent JOHN KEEGAN, John Keegan is a war historian and the author of, among other books, "A History of Warfare" and a forthcoming biography of Winston Churchill
Big Government's Proper Calling NOEMIE EMERY, Noemie Emery is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard
Globalization Fosters Me-First Thinking ALAN TONELSON, Alan Tonelson, a research fellow at the U.S. Business and Industrial Council Educational Foundation in Washington, D.C., is author of "The Race to the Bottom" (Westview Press, 2000)
Mexico, Fair-Weather Friend GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan policy institute
Liberals Stuck in Scold Mode MARC COOPER, Marc Cooper is a contributing editor to The Nation magazine and a columnist for L.A. Weekly
Attacks Threaten Future of Cities JOEL KOTKIN and FRED SIEGEL, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow with the Davenport Institute for Public Policy at Pepperdine University and at the Milken Institute and is author of "The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution is Reshaping the American Landscape." Fred Siegel is a professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in Manhattan
No Glory in Unjust War on the Weak BARBARA KINGSOLVER, Barbara Kingsolver is the author of, among other books, "The Poisonwood Bible" and "Prodigal Summer." This article will appear in a forthcoming collection of essays
Ordinary People LEE SIEGEL, Lee Siegel is a contributing writer to Book Review and a contributing editor to Harper's and The New Republic
The Wild One DAVID THOMSON, David Thomson is the author of "Beneath Mulholland: Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts."
Snake Eyes MARCOS McPEEK VILLATORO, Marcos McPeek Villatoro is the author, most recently, of "Home Killings: A Romilia Chacon Mystery" and holds the Fletcher Jones-endowed chair in writing at Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles
Slouching Toward Bilbao HAL FOSTER, Hal Foster is Townsend Martin professor of art and archeology at Princeton University, and is the author of 'Design and Crime,' forthcoming from Verso next year. A slightly different version of his essay first appeared in the London Review of Books (www.lrb.co.uk)
Melancholy Baby MICHAEL ANDRE BERNSTEIN, Michael Andre Bernstein teaches English and comparative literature at UC Berkeley and is the author, most recently, of "Five Portraits: Modernity and the Imagination in Twentieth-Century German Writing." He is completing a novel, "Progressive Lenses."