What happened on August 03, 2003
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Mean cuisine Richard Flaste, Richard Flaste is The Times' features editor and a collaborator on several cookbooks with chef Pierre Franey.
Snatching speculation from the jaws of defeat John Lukacs, John Lukacs is the author of numerous books, including "At the End of an Age" and "The Hitler of History."
Blues Kenneth Rexroth
A South American landscape of the imagination Jorge Edwards, Jorge Edwards is a former Chilean diplomat and the author of several books, including "Persona Non Grata: A Memoir of Disenchantment With the Cuban Revolution." His review was translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.
Birds of a feather find each other Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Imperialism: Doing it right Zachary Karabell, Zachary Karabell is a contributing writer to Book Review and the author of several books, including "Parting the Desert" and "The Last Campaign."
To be Catholic in America Kevin Starr, Kevin Starr is state librarian of California, university professor in the history department at USC and a trustee of the Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies.
Mars in apogee Scott Timberg, Scott Timberg is a Times arts reporter and co-editor with Dana Gioia of "The Misread City: New Literary Los Angeles."
Love triangle in the class system Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
Force of nature Michael Bracewell, Michael Bracewell is a critic whose recent works include "England Is Mine: Pop Life in Albion From Wilde to Goldie" and "When Surface Was Depth."
'We live so others may die' Robert Del Tredici, Robert Del Tredici, author of "At Work in the Fields of the Bomb" and founder of the Atomic Photographers Guild, is a documentary photographer specializing in nuclear weapons.
The plot is pure Hollywood Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of the forthcoming "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
L.A. Chamber Talks With a New Voice Marc B. Haefele, Marc B. Haefele comments on local and state issues for KPCC-FM.
Aussies Dream of Power Ross Terrill, Ross Terrill's most recent book is "The New Chinese Empire." His "The Australians: The Way We Live Now" was published in 2000.
An Economic Flu Xiao-huang Yin, Xiao-huang Yin, chairman of the American studies department at Occidental College, is author of "Chinese American Literature Since the 1850s" and co-editor of "The Expanding Roles of Chinese Americans in U.S.-China Relations."
Requiem for an Iraqi Patriot Milton Viorst, Milton Viorst, a Washington writer, has covered the Middle East, including Iraq, for three decades. Among his books are "In the Shadow of the Prophet: The Struggle for the Soul of Islam" and "What Shall I Do With This People? Jews and the Fractious Politics of Judaism."
Body and Soul D.J. Waldie, D.J. Waldie is the author of "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir."
The Key to Enjoying Youth Sports: Take It Easy, Dad Bill Shane, Bill Shane is an officer with the National Conference for Community and Justice, author of "Hey Batter Batter" (Kids Sports Press, 2003) and president of the South Irvine Little League.
White Collar Blues David Friedman, David Friedman, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Pop Culture Leads -- Freedom Follows Sam Crane, Sam Crane teaches Chinese politics at Williams College and is the author of "Aidan's Way." e-mail: scrane @williams.edu.