What happened on August 18, 2002
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Boomtown Bladerunner and Its Discontents JONATHAN KIRSCH, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People."
Southern Comforts MICHAEL HARRIS, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
L.a. Confidential EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.
The Glowing World BARBARA MacADAM, Barbara MacAdam is a senior editor of ARTnews.
Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Worse PETER G. GOSSELIN, Peter G. Gosselin is a national economics correspondent for The Times in Washington, D.C.
Tower of Babel EARL SHORRIS, Earl Shorris is the co-editor, with Miguel Leon-Portilla, of "In the Language of Kings: An Anthology of Mesoamerican Literature," and the author of "Latinos: A Biography of the People" and "Under the Fifth Sun: A Novel of Pancho Villa."
No Holds Barred GARY INDIANA, Gary Indiana is the author of several novels, including "Resentment: A Comedy," "Depraved Indifference" and "Three Month Fever: The Andrew Cunanan Story."
The Piano Man PETER GREEN, Peter Green is the former fiction critic of the London Daily Telegraph.
Nits and Picks MELISSA McCOY, Melissa McCoy is The Times' assistant managing editor for copy desks.
Ways of Seeing LANGDON HAMMER, Langdon Hammer is the author of "Hart Crane and Allen Tate: Janus-Faced Modernism" and the co-editor of "O My Land, My Friends: The Selected Letters of Hart Crane." He is a professor of English at Yale University.
Just How 'Victorian' Were the Victorians? FREDERIC MORTON, Frederic Morton is the author of "The Rothschilds: A Family Portrait" and "A Nervous Splendor: Vienna, 1888-1889," both National Book Award finalists.
The Wound That Refuses to Heal VIVIAN GORNICK, Vivian Gornick is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Down These Mean Streets TOM HAYDEN, Tom Hayden chaired a state Senate task force on gang violence prevention. He teaches a course on gangs at Occidental College and is writing a book on the subject.
A Volcano Is Rumbling in the South MARC COOPER, Marc Cooper is contributing editor to the Nation and editor-at-large of L.A. Weekly. His latest book, "Pinochet and Me: A Chilean Anti-Memoir" is now in paperback.
Democracies Feel a Chill Wind From U.S. JOSEPH SIEGLE, Joseph Siegle is the Douglas Dillon fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations.
The Rah-Rah Boys THOMAS FRANK, Thomas Frank is the editor of the Baffler magazine and author of "One Market Under God."
Elections Won't Be a Panacea PAULA R. NEWBERG, Paula R. Newberg is the author of of "Judging the State: Courts and Constitutional Politics in Pakistan."
A War of Words Against Iran ELI J. LAKE, Eli J. Lake is the State Department correspondent for United Press International. He has written frequently for the Weekly Standard.
Transportation Fix That Isn't JACK MALLINCKRODT, Jack Mallinckrodt is an engineer who lives in North Tustin
Passport to a Future DINA KHAYAT, Dina Khayat is managing director of Lazard Asset Management Egypt and is a graduate of Columbia University Business School.
A Crazy Quilt of Victim Compensation RICHARD M. MOSK, Richard M. Mosk is an associate justice of the California Court of Appeal and, formerly, a judge of the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, established as a part of the 1981 Iran-U.S. hostage agreement.
Take L.A., Please-- Life Is Better in O.C. JOHN J. PITNEY JR., John J. Pitney Jr. is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and author of "The Art of Political Warfare."
EU Fear-Mongers' Lethal Harvest RONALD BAILEY, Ronald Bailey is science correspondent for Reason magazine and author of the new Cato Institute study, "The Looming Trade War over Plant Biotechnology." He can be reached at www.cato.org.
Fiscal Shell Games, Government-Style MICHAEL H. GRANOF and STEPHEN A. ZEFF, Michael H. Granof is a professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Austin. Stephen A. Zeff is a professor of accounting at Rice University.
Make No Mistake: Seeking Perfection Harms Innovation RICHARD FARSON and RALPH KEYES, Richard Farson is president of the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute in La Jolla; Ralph Keyes is a fellow of the institute. They are co-authors of "Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins: The Paradox of Innovation" (Free Press/Simon and Schuster, 2002).