What happened on June 16, 2002
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The Wanderer BENJAMIN KUNKEL, Benjamin Kunkel writes for several publications, including the Nation and Dissent.
Remembering Frederick Exley JEFF TURRENTINE, Jeff Turrentine is a senior editor with Hemispheres magazine and has written for the New York Times Magazine and Slate.com.
Mencken's World of Words BRAD LEITHAUSER, Brad Leithauser is the author of numerous books, including "Darlington's Fall: A Novel in Verse" and "The Odd Last Thing She Did: Poems."
Future Shock 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.
Chronicles of a State Foretold 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."
Closely Watched Trains DOUGLAS JOHNSON, Douglas Johnson is the author of "France and the Dreyfus Affair" and other books and is emeritus professor of French history at the University of London.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World ADAM BRESNICK, Adam Bresnick writes for several publications, including the (London) Times Literary Supplement.
The Scene of the Crime CAROL BRIGHTMAN, Carol Brightman is the author of "Writing Dangerously: Mary McCarthy and Her World." She was the founder and editor of Viet-Report and has returned to Vietnam several times to gather oral histories on the wars in Indochina.
Her Rightness BILL EMMOTT, Bill Emmott is editor of The Economist. His new book, "20:21 Vision: 20th-Century Lessons for the 21st Century," will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux early next year.
Mind Over Matter ROBERT LEE HOTZ, Robert Lee Hotz is a science writer for The Times.
Floating on Faith FRANCIE LIN, Francie Lin is the associate editor of The Threepenny Review.
Illness Without Metaphor ABRAHAM VERGHESE, Abraham Verghese is a physician, writer and the author, most recently, of "The Tennis Partner."
Nuclear Waste Poses Its Own 'Dirty' Threat MARSHALL DRUMMOND, Marshall Drummond, chancellor of the L.A. Community Colleges, served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences subcommittee on emerging technologies for radioactive waste management and disposal, which advises the Department of Energy on storage and disposal of nuclear waste.
Fidel Castro Is No Osama bin Laden WAYNE S. SMITH, Wayne S. Smith, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, is former chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.
Dirty Ocean Not an Option MATT HAGEMANN and LINWOOD PENDLETON, Matt Hagemann is executive director of Orange Coast Watch, an environmental nonprofit supported by Orange County businesses. Linwood Pendleton is an assistant professor at USC's Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.
No More Reform, Please XANDRA KAYDEN, Xandra Kayden is a senior fellow at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research.
No Light at the End of the Tunnel DAVID FRIEDMAN, David Friedman, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Truth and Consequences on the Palestinian Beat HANOCH MARMARI, This piece was excerpted from a lecture delivered by the Ha'aretz editor-in-chief last month at the 9th World Editors' Forum in Bruges, Belgium. The Tel Aviv-based newspaper can be found on the Internet at www.haaretzdaily .com.
The Class of Sept. 12th GIOCONDA BELLI, Gioconda Belli is a Nicaraguan poet and novelist who lives in Santa Monica.
Their So-Called Life MICHAEL SKUBE, Michael Skube is an Atlanta writer.
A Harvest for Life DREW LIMSKY, Drew Limsky teaches at City College of New York.
The War on Football JESSICA GAVORA, Jessica Gavora is the author of "Tilting the Playing Field: Schools, Sports, Sex and Title IX."
Dead Language vs. Language of Death DENNY FREIDENRICH, Denny Freidenrich has lived in Orange County since
1970. He writes from Laguna Beach. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The Big-Band Survival Kit DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman writes frequently about jazz for The Times.
True to a Difficult Age SORINA DIACONESCU, Sorina Diaconescu is a Times staff writer.
Cut to the Gloomy Core Lina Lecaro;Steve Baltin;Marc Weingarten;Natalie Nichols;Steve Appleford;Kevin Bronson;Soren Baker
This Land Is the Director's Land MARSHALL FINE, Marshall Fine is film critic for the Journal News in Westchester County, N.Y., and national film correspondent for Gannett News Service.
A Banner Event? LYNN SMITH, Lynn Smith is a Times staff writer.
An Ancient Legend Goes Aloft VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, Victoria Looseleaf is a frequent contributor to Calendar.
Can He Still Be a Hero? RICHARD CROMELIN, Richard Cromelin is a Times staff writer.
Looking Up Old Friends BARBARA ISENBERG, Barbara Isenberg is a regular contributor to Calendar. Her latest book is "State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work."
They Build Out Loud CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, Christopher Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Painting a Mirror for Humanity LEAH OLLMAN, Leah Ollman is a regular contributor to Calendar.