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  • 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.

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  • Discoveries SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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