What happened on November 17, 2002
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
An empty landscape, a sublime discovery William Kittredge, William Kittredge is the author of many books, including "The Nature of Generosity," "Who Owns the West?" and "Hole in the Sky: A Memoir," which won a PEN West literary award in 1993.
How the American West was discovered and invented 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."
Full tilt, into the chaos Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.
A crusade to save the world Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Calling Susan Faludi Lynda Obst, Lynda Obst, a producer at Paramount Pictures, is the author of "Hello, He Lied: And Other Truths From the Hollywood Trenches."
The accidents of survival Jonathan Levi, Jonathan Levi is a contributing writer to Book Review.
The macho man of the movies Clancy Sigal, Clancy Sigal, a screenwriter, is the author of "Going Away" and "The Secret Defector."
Heroes are in the details Adam Bresnick, Adam Bresnick writes for several publications, including the [London] Times Literary Supplement.
One woman lifts the veil on her Islamic life Gina B. Nahai, Gina B. Nahai is the author of "Cry of the Peacock," "Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith" and "Sunday's Silence."
The Saudi brand of fanaticism Emran Qureshi, Emran Qureshi is co-editor of "The New Crusades: Constructing the Muslim Enemy," to be published by Columbia University Press.
A Diesel-Powered Intrusion Marc B. Haefele, Marc B. Haefele comments on local and state issues for KPCC-FM (89.3) in Pasadena.
Can Hahn Think Big? Bill Boyarsky, Bill Boyarsky is senior consultant for the Center for Governmental Studies and teaches journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communications. He is writing a biography of the late California political leader Jesse M. Unruh.
Bad Luck Is Fine, if It's Yours Karen Stabiner, Karen Stabiner is the author of "All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why It Matters."
The Roots of Fragmentation Milton Viorst, Milton Viorst's latest book is "What Shall I Do With This People? Jews and the Fractious Politics of Judaism."
McTrouble in Fat Land Greg Critser, Greg Critser, a frequent contributor to Opinion, is the author of "Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World," to be published by Houghton Mifflin in January.
The 'Good Guy' Turns Assassin Laura K. Donohue, Laura K. Donohue, an acting assistant professor of political science at Stanford University, is a Carnegie Scholar and a visiting fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford's Institute for International Studies.
We Have the Resources to End Hunger Tom Seeberg, Tom Seeberg is director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
Slow-Motion Disaster Below the Waves Randy Olson, Randy Olson is a filmmaker and faculty member in marine biology at USC.
Mutual Aid Society on a Grand Scale Benjamin R. Barber, Benjamin R. Barber, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, is the author of "Jihad vs. McWorld." He will be speaking at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Thirst Susan Straight, Susan Straight's last piece for the magazine was about raising kids without risk. Her novel "Highwire Moon" was recently released in paperback by Anchor Books.
The Urban Forest Richard Cheverton, Richard Cheverton's last story for the magazine was a profile of Irvine Ranch heiress Joan Irvine Smith. He is writing the text for a book of Bayles' urban tree photographs, to be published by Sierra Club Books next fall.
The Guru of Happy Cows MARTIN BOOE, Martin Booe last wrote for the magazine about petits fours.
Cyber Dudes to the Rescue Janet Reitman, Janet Reitman's last story for the magazine was a profile of David Rosenthal, a television writer who left Hollywood, at least temporarily, and moved to New York.