What happened on May 12, 2002
The Romance of American Communism RICHARD SCHICKEL, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review. His latest television documentary, a profile of director Samuel Fuller, premieres on Turner Classic Movies in July.
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Epitaph: Evil Anne Carson, From "Men in the Off Hours" by Anne Carson (Vintage Contemporaries: 168 pp., $12 paper)
The Ache of the Human Condition MICHAEL HARRIS, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
The King of Cool JULIUS LESTER, Julius Lester is the author of numerous books, including "When Dad Killed Mom," and teaches Judaic studies and history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
An Open Letter to Our Enemies GLORIA EMERSON, Gloria Emerson is the author, most recently, of "Loving Graham Greene: A Novel" and "Winners & Losers," an account of the Vietnam War that won a National Book Award.
Catch As Catch Can CLAIRE PANOSIAN DUNAVAN, Claire Panosian Dunavan is a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at UCLA.
Piercing the Surface CASEY DOLAN, Casey Dolan is aTimes feature desk assistant, recording artist and record producer.
Tapping the Source ADAM PHILLIPS, Adam Phillips is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, "Houdini's Box: The Art of Escape" and "Promises, Promises: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Literature."
My My, Hey Hey HAL ESPEN, Hal Espen is the editor of Outside Magazine.
Connect the Plots D.J. CARLILE, D.J. Carlile is the translator of "Rimbaud: The Works."
The Goodbye Girl JANE CIABATTARI, Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short-story collection "Stealing the Fire" and a contributing editor to Parade magazine.
Against the American Grain MARC COOPER, Marc Cooper is the author of "Pinochet and Me: A Chilean Anti-Memoir." He is a contributing editor to the Nation magazine and an editor at large for L.A. Weekly.
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Black Isn't a Personality Type JOHN H. McWHORTER, John H. McWhorter is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and an associate professor of linguistics at UC Berkeley. He is the author of "The Power of Babel."
The Wealth Effect KEVIN PHILLIPS, Kevin Phillips' latest book is "Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich."
No Longer Society's Victims GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a fellow at the New America Foundation.
Bosnia 10 Years Later Is a Broken Country DAVID DEVOSS, David DeVoss , East-West News Service editor, regularly visits Bosnia, where he formerly ran a print-media development program for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Kids or Cash: Why Force Women to Choose? ANN CRITTENDEN, Ann Crittenden is the author of "The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued."
Shielded From Reality HERBERT GOLD, Herbert Gold is a novelist living in San Francisco.
A Promise to Our Children MARC FRIEDMAN, LORI MCKENZIE and JOHN GELFF, Marc Friedman is with the Rancho Santa Margarita-based CHARM Foundation (which assists critically ill children and their families); Lori McKenzie is a board member of the Trabuco Elementary School PTA; John Gelff is mayor pro tem of San Juan Capistrano.
Church Siege Narrowed a Religious Divide IAN URBINA and HANNA NASSER, Ian Urbina is associate editor at the Middle East Report. Hanna Nasser is the mayor of Bethlehem.
Siege Mentality in Fortress Europe RANAN R. LURIE, Ranan R. Lurie, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., is an internationally syndicated columnist and political cartoonist.
Church Not Solely to Blame in Scandal JENNY BIOCHE, Jenny Bioche of Newport Beach is a former radio talk show host. She can be reached via e-mail: chat email@example.com.
Reproductive Wrongs DEBORAH BLUM, Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer and author of "Sex on the Brain: The Biological Differences Between Men and Women."