What happened on December 08, 2002
The Whale Man Barry Siegel, Barry Siegel, a Times national correspondent, is the author of "Actual Innocence" and "Lines of Defense." He last wrote for the magazine about Waldron Island in the Pacific Northwest.
Onward Christian Soldier WILLIAM LOBDELL, William Lobdell is a Times staff writer who covers religion.
Mad About Mascarpone LOU MATHEWS, Lou Mathews is the author of the novel "L.A. Breakdown."
Multicultural Healing HILLARY JOHNSON, Hillary Johnson last wrote for the magazine about Frederick's of Hollywood.
Urban Allergy E.D. Maytum, E.D. Maytum's last piece for the magazine was an interview of monologuist Spalding Gray.
My Lunch With Dave Hickey Richard Cheverton, Richard Cheverton's last piece for the magazine was about photographer David Paul Bayles and his pictures of the urban forest.
Film On Paper Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel's memoir, "Good Morning Mr. Zip Zip Zip," will be published in the spring by Ivan R. Dee.
Children's Books Excerpted from reviews that originally appeared in Publishers Weekly and reprinted with permission in Book Review. Selection as the best of the year is based solely on the judgment of Book Review. Copyright Publishers Weekly 2002
Westwords 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."
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Test for Democrats David Friedman, David Friedman, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
The Right Should Let Up on Saudis Jacob Heilbrunn, Jacob Heilbrunn is an editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times.
Health Safety Net Is Fraying Marian Bergeson, Marian Bergeson of Newport Beach is a former Orange County supervisor, state senator, state education secretary and member of the California Board of Education.
'Sci-Fi' Weapons Going to War William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Iraqis Need a Stake in a Post-Hussein Nation Yitzhak Nakash, Yitzhak Nakash teaches Middle East history at Brandeis University. He is the author of "The Shi'is of Iraq."
A Data Stream for Identity Thieves Ellen Dannin, Ellen Dannin, a professor of law at Wayne State University Law School, is author of "To Market, To Market: Legislating on Privatization and Subcontracting."
Rock 'n' Roll and Osama Too Bramantyo Prijosusilo, Bramantyo Prijosusilo is a freelance writer and artist living in Jogja, Java, Indonesia. E-mail: email@example.com. This piece was written for the Pacific News Service.
Ground Shifting Under Mullahs Ian Urbina, Ian Urbina is based at the Middle East Research and Information Project.
A Retirement Plan for Job-Hopping Workers James H. Smalhout, James H. Smalhout is a financial writer and author of "The Uncertain Retirement."