What happened on September 29, 2002
The Enduring Moral Outrage of Emile Zola FREDERICK BROWN, Frederick Brown is the author of "Zola: A Life" and is writing a biography of Gustave Flaubert.
The Sadly Neglected and Wholly Original Henry Cowell NED ROREM, Ned Rorem is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and the author of 15 books (diaries and essays). He is president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Fasten Your Seatbelt MICHAEL HARRIS, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
The Paper Chase WENDY SMITH, Wendy Smith is the author of "Real-Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
The Hidden Stories of L.A. JONATHAN KIRSCH, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of "The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People."
Take That, Harry Potter! ADAM BRESNICK, Adam Bresnick writes for several publications, including the (London) Times Literary Supplement.
The Burden of Kinship, the Ties of Blood PETER GREEN, Peter Green is the former fiction critic of the London Daily Telegraph.
Years of Terror, Decades of Denial NICK CULLATHER, Nick Cullather is the author of "Secret History:The CIA's Classified Account of Its Operations in Guatemala, 1952-1954."
The Crooked Timber of Humanity FREDERIC RAPHAEL, Frederic Raphael has written widely on philosophy. His most recent book is "Personal Terms," edited notebooks, 1950-69.
Misfit by Conviction SIMON LEYS, Simon Leys, the pseudonym of Pierre Ryckmans, is the author of "Chinese Shadows," "The Burning Forest: Essays on Chinese Culture and Politics" and "The Angel and the Octopus," a collection of essays that includes "Orwell: The Horror of Politics."
Tell Us Something, Anything, Even If It's a Lie JANE CIABATTARI, Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short-story collection "Stealing the Fire."
The Perils of Pauline SUSIE LINFIELD, Susie Linfield teaches in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University and is a contributing writer to Book World. She is writing an intellectual biography of Pauline Kael.
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E. Timor Points a Way for Mideast IAN URBINA, Ian Urbina is associate editor of the Middle East Report, a publication of the Middle East Resarch and Information Project.
In California, Politicians Choose--and Voters Lose TONY QUINN, Tony Quinn is co-editor of the California Target Book, a nonpartisan analysis of California's congressional and legislative elections.
Flying Off Course WILLIAM M. ARKIN, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Rules Would Only Tighten Poverty's Grip DAVID HILFIKER, David Hilfiker has worked as a physician in Washington, D.C., providing health care to the poor for 20 years. He is the author of "Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen."
Plotting a Story, Plotting a War NEAL GABLER, Neal Gabler, a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg, is the author of "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
To Protect and Serve, Honestly FRANK SERPICO, Frank Serpico is the former New York City police detective whose revelations of corruption resulted in the Knapp Commission being formed.
A Smart Peace Movement Is MIA MARC COOPER, Marc Cooper is a contributing editor to The Nation and editor-at-large at the LA Weekly.
Sorry, I'm Just Not Myself Today JULIAN BOND, Julian Bond is a distinguished professor at American University and a history professor at the University of Virginia. He is board chairman of the NAACP.
Containment Has Run Its Course ROBERT J. LIEBER, Robert J. Lieber is professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University. He is editor and contributor author of "Eagle Rules? Foreign Policy and American Primacy in the 21st Century."
Sportsmanship Has Nothing to Do With Being a Boy BILLIE JEAN KING, Billie Jean King, U.S. Fed Cup captain, is founder of the Women's Sports Foundation, an educational organization dedicated to ensuring equal access and opportunities for girls and women in sports and fitness.