What happened on March 17, 2002
The World JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Liar's Tale TODD GITLIN, Todd Gitlin is the author of, most recently, "Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives."
THE MUSE, By Anna Akhmatova From "World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse From Antiquity to our Time," edited by Katharine Washburn and John S. Major (W.W. Norton: 118 pp., $45)
GALACTIC LOVE POEM, By Adrian Henri From "Scanning the Century," edited by Peter Forbes (Penguin: 596 pp.,$22.95 paper)
Desert Solitaire 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."
From Berlin to Broadway WENDY SMITH, Wendy Smith is the author of "Real-Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
Trust Me on This D.T. MAX, D.T. Max is a contributing editor to the Paris Review.
Happy Birthday GEORGE WALDEN, George Walden is former chairman of the Booker Prize and the author, most recently, of "The New Elites: Making a Career in the Masses."
The Long and Winding Road BEN EHRENREICH, Ben Ehrenreich contributes to L.A. Weekly and Mother Jones magazine. He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute Writing Arts Program.
The Sky's the Limit MARGARET WERTHEIM, Margaret Wertheim is the author of "The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space From Dante to the Internet."
The Paper Chase JAMIE JAMES, Jamie James is the author of the novel "Andrew and Joey."
Elegies for a Vanished World AMY WILENTZ, Amy Wilentz is the author of, most recently, "Martyrs' Crossing: A Novel."
A River Runs Through It DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, Douglas Brinkley is professor of history at the University of New Orleans and a contributing writer to Book Review.
Saving Capitalism From Itself PETER G. GOSSELIN, Peter G. Gosselin is a national economics correspondent for The Times.
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Let's Keep Koppel in Perspective MARC COOPER, Marc Cooper is a contributing editor to The Nation magazine and a columnist for L.A. Weekly. He is a journalism lecturer in the USC Annenberg School for Communication.
A Bullish Diplomacy WALTER RUSSELL MEAD, Walter Russell Mead, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of "Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World."
The Mainstreaming of Latino Politics GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Note to Congress: Compromise R. KENT WEAVER, R. Kent Weaver is a senior fellow in the governmental studies program at the Brookings Institution and the author of the forthcoming book, "Reforming Social Security: Lessons From Abroad."
A Battle for the Soul of a Forest RICK BASS, Rick Bass is the author of "Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had" and the forthcoming "The Hermit's Story." He lives and writes in Montana's Kootenai National Forest.
Early Diagnosis Doesn't Solve Every Problem BARBARA A. BRENNER, Barbara A. Brenner is the executive director of Breast Cancer Action, a national grass-roots education and advocacy organization based in San Francisco.
A Recession in Name Only MAYA MacGUINEAS, Maya MacGuineas is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington.
Wild Spring Breaks Aren't for Everyone DAISY YU, Daisy Yu of Huntington Beach is in her second year at Boston University.
Bunkers, Bombs, Radiation SIDNEY DRELL, RAYMOND JEANLOZ and BOB PEURIFOY, Sidney Drell is an emeritus professor of physics at Stanford University's Linear Accelerator Center. Raymond Jeanloz is a professor of geophysics at UC Berkeley. Bob Peurifoy was vice president at Sandia National Laboratory. All have worked extensively for the U.S. government in technical issues of nuclear weapons.