What happened on November 24, 2002
How a Self-Help Guru Is Born Allison Adato, Allison Adato last wrote for the magazine about actor and producer Rob Reiner's efforts on behalf of the California Children and Families Commission.
Buss--The Next Generation Steve Springer, Steve Springer is a Times staff writer. He wrote "The Encylopedia of the Lakers" and co-authored, along with Scott Ostler, "Winnin' Times, the Magical Journey of the Los Angeles Lakers."
Diary of a Middle-Aged Vampire Goth Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds' last story for the magazine was a profile of Max Kennedy.
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The World Writ Small MARJORIE MILLER, Marjorie Miller is the foreign editor of The Times.
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American history's bloodiest day John Rhodehamel, John Rhodehamel is Norris Foundation curator of American history at the Huntington Library. He is organizing a new exhibition, "Forever Free: Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation."
Inside the outsider art of African Americans Darryl Pinckney, Darryl Pinckney is the author of "Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature" and "High Cotton."
A time of absolutes Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
The natural Robert Lee Hotz, Robert Lee Hotz is a science writer for The Times.
Statesmen and the art of war Warren I. Cohen, Warren I. Cohen, once a line officer in the U.S. Pacific Fleet, is now distinguished university professor of history at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and senior scholar in the Asia program of the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Words that reach what is wounded Edward Hirsch, Edward Hirsch is the author of the forthcoming "Lay Back the Darkness: Poems," to be published this spring. He is president-elect of the Guggenheim Foundation.
A trailblazer for American imperialism Richard White, Richard White is the author of "'It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own': A New History of the American West." He is a professor of American history at Stanford University.
Swift as a shadow, short as any dream David Ebershoff, David Ebershoff is the author of "Pasadena," "The Danish Girl" and "The Rose City."
The prophet of doom Fred Siegel, Fred Siegel is the author of "The Future Once Happened Here: New York, D.C., L. A., and the Fate of America's Big Cities."
Where the beginning of World War II came to an end John Lukacs, John Lukacs is the author of numerous books, including "Churchill: Visionary, Statesman, Historian," "At the End of an Age" and "The Hitler of History."
America, from the outside Tom Engelhardt, Tom Engelhardt, author of "The End of Victory Culture," is consulting editor for Metropolitan Books and a fellow of the Nation Institute. His novel, "The Last Days of Publishing," will appear next year.
Numbers Game Is Bad Medicine Scott Gottlieb, Scott Gottlieb, an internist, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a staff writer for the British Medical Journal.
Latino Pols Face a Double Standard Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Striking Iraq, Stroking North Korea Jay Taylor, Jay Taylor is an associate in research at the John Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University and a former deputy assistant secretary of State for intelligence and research in the Reagan administration.
Kurdish Eyes on Iraq's Future Robin Wright, Robin Wright is The Times' chief diplomatic correspondent and the author of four books on international affairs.
A Haunting Echo Shlomo Avineri, Shlomo Avineri is professor of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The Military's New War of Words William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: email@example.com.
Lawmakers Must Act Before More Prep Athletes Die Kelli Colby, Kelli Colby's 17-year-old son, Matt, died last September after playing in a high school football game.