Dark Thoughts and Quiet Desperation DAVID D. PERLMUTTER, David D. Perlmutter is an associate professor of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and a senior fellow at the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs. He is the author of "Visions of War."
Our Men in Kabul WILLIAM M. ARKIN, William M. Arkin is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington and an adjunct professor at the U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Airpower Studies. He is also a consultant to a number of nongovernmental organizations and a regular contributor to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
In Israel's History Are Seeds of Hope TOM SEGEV, Tom Segev, a columnist for the Israeli daily Haaretz, is the author of "One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate" and, most recently, "Elvis in Jerusalem--Post-Zionism and the Americanization of Israel."
TEST CASE: UC Versus the SAT MATTHEW BELLONI, Matthew Belloni is Notes editor of the Southern California Law Review at USC Law School and a former Opinion editor of the Daily Californian at UC Berkeley.
Sentimental Education KAI MARISTED, Kai Maristed is the author of, among other works, "Belong to Me: Stories" and "Fall: A Novel."
Triumph Without Victory DAVID RIEFF, David Rieff is the author of Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the West" and the forthcoming "A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis." He is a contributing writer to Book Review.