A Day at the Races KEVIN CONLEY, Kevin Conley is the author of "Stud: Adventures in Breeding." He is a staff writer at the New Yorker.
Spinner of Tales and Weaver of Webs MARC FLORES, Marc Flores is the author of the forthcoming "Tales to Astonish: Two Men, Fifty Superheros and the Transformation of American Pop Culture."
One Country, One Book DAVID SHEFF, David Sheff is the author of "China Dawn: The Story of a Technology and Business Revolution."
Home on the Range RICK BASS, Rick Bass is the author of 16 books of fiction and nonfiction, including the forthcoming story collection "The Hermit's Story."
Dreaming of India MARINA BUDHOS, Marina Budhos is the author of two novels, "House of Waiting" and "The Professor of Light," and a nonfiction book, "Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers." She has been a Fulbright scholar to India.
The Gentleman From Texas LEWIS GOULD, Lewis Gould is the author of numerous books, including "1968: The Election That Changed America," "Lady Bird Johnson: Our Environmental First Lady" and "The Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt." He is currently working on a history of the Republican Party.
Israel's Jewish Critics Aren't 'Self-Hating' MICHAEL LERNER, Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun and, with Cornel West and Susannah Heschel, co-chair of The Tikkun Community. He is author of "Spirit Matters." He is participating in a teach-in today, April 28, on these issues at 1:30 p.m. at the University Synagogue at 11960 Sunset Blvd. in West Los Angeles. E-mail: email@example.com
Bush Scraps China Policy of Six Presidents JAY TAYLOR, Jay Taylor was State Department director of analysis for East Asia and the Pacific and deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and research in the Reagan administration.
The Triumph of Extremes SHERRY BEBITCH JEFFE, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior scholar in the School of Policy, Planning and Development at USC. She is also a political analyst for KCAL-TV.
Europe and Israel: Trust Is Eroding ABRAHAM COOPER and HAROLD BRACKMAN, Rabbi Abraham Cooper is associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Harold Brackman, a historian, is a consultant to the center.
When the Growing Gets Tough TIM KEENAN, Tim Keenan is a Cypress city councilman and vice chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority.
Three Leaders Left in the Lurch BILL BOYARSKY, Bill Boyarsky, former columnist and city editor at The Times, is a senior consultant for the Center for Governmental Studies and teaches political science at USC. He is writing a biography of former political leader Jesse M. Unruh.