What happened on August 25, 2002
Magic Carpet Ride CHRIS FAGER and CORIE BROWN, Chris Fager, an entertainment executive, is an antique rug collector who teaches a course on Oriental rugs through UCLA Extension. Corie Brown, a Times staff writer, profiled Barry Diller for the magazine in March.
Going South MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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The Great Firewall of China XIAO QIANG and SOPHIE BEACH, Xiao Qiang, a 2001 MacArthur Fellow, is executive director of Human Rights in China, a monitoring and advocacy organization based in New York and Hong Kong. Sophie Beach is Asia research associate at the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Raging at a Lion in Twilight ANN LOUISE BARDACH, Ann Louise Bardach is the author of the forthcoming "Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana" and the editor of "Cuba: A Traveler's Literary Companion."
Taking Stock RON UNZ, Ron Unz, a political activist and Silicon Valley software developer, is the founder and chairman of Wall Street Analytics, a financial services software company.
Emissions by the Truckload AL MEYERHOFF, Al Meyerhoff is a partner with Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes & Lerach. He represents the plaintiffs challenging the Bush administration decision to open the Mexican border to cross-border trucking.
Sound of Silence Among Blacks SUSAN ANDERSON, Susan Anderson is a writer and consultant and the author of the report, "African American Political Strength: Background and Implications for Los Angeles."
Political Switch in Anaheim FRED SMOLLER, Fred Smoller is chairman of the department of political science at Chapman University and a member of the Orange County Human Relations Commission.
Girl Trouble KAREN STABINER, Karen Stabiner is the author of "All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why It Matters."
It Takes a Network JOHN ARQUILLA, John Arquilla is professor of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and coauthor of "Networks and Netwars: The Future of Terror, Crime, and Militancy."
Will the Real Clint Eastwood Please Stand Up? ALLEN BARRA, Allen Barra is the author of "Inventing Wyatt Earp: His Life and Many Legends" and "Clearing the Bases: The Greatest Baseball Debates of the Century." He is a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal and book critic for Salon.com.
The Once and Future Karel Capek MICHAEL HENRY HEIM, Michael Henry Heim teaches in the departments of Slavic languages and literatures and comparative literature at UCLA and has translated numerous works by Milan Kundera, Gunter Grass, Bohumil Hrabal and others.
Up from the Ashes MERLE RUBIN, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.
On Shaky Ground MICHAEL HARRIS, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Against the Odds ALEXANDER STILLE, Alexander Stille is the author of several books, including "Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families Under Fascism" and "The Future of the Past."
The Mosaic of Plenitude ILAN STAVANS, Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring professor in Latin American and Latino culture at Amherst College and the author of "Octavio Paz: A Meditation." His book "On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language" was recently issued in paperback.
The Poignancy and Power of the Place We Call Home GREG SARRIS, Greg Sarris is the author of "Watermelon Nights" and the Fletcher Jones professor of creative writing and literature at Loyola Marymount University. He is serving his sixth elected term as chairman of the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria in Santa Rosa.
Thinking Hard, Listening Deeply ADAM KIRSCH, Adam Kirsch is the author of the book of poems "The Thousand Wells."
In Search of the Raw and the Cooked BOB DROGIN, Bob Drogin is a Times staff writer covering national security issues in the Washington, D.C., bureau and has visited many of the Pacific island nations and regions that Cook explored.
Golden Oldies RICHARD WHITE, Richard White is the author of "'It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own:' A New History of the American West." He is a professor of American history at Stanford University.
The Lost World JANICE P. NIMURA, Janice P. Nimura is a contributor to numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.
London Fields LEE SIEGEL, Lee Siegel is a contributing writer to Book Review and the recipient of the 2002 National Magazine Award for reviews and criticism.
The Enigma of Sappho JAMIE JAMES, Jamie James is the author of "Andrew and Joey: A Novel."
Poetry's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose KAI MARISTED, Kai Maristed is the author of, among other works, "Belong to Me: Stories" and the novel "Fall."
Precious Minerals JAMES PURVIANCE, Jamie Purviance's latest book is ''Weber's Big Book of Grilling.''
Unmaking The Case Matthew Heller last wrote for the magazine about environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill.
Rooted in Love and Country Robert Hilburn; Richard Cromelin; Natalie Nichols; Soren Baker; Steve Hochman; Marc Weingarten; Ernesto Lechner