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What happened on December 14, 2003

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  • A new Sancho Panza speaks for the knight-errant Ilan Stavans, Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring professor in Latin American and Latino culture at Amherst College and the author of many books, including "The Poetry of Pablo Neruda" and "Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language."

  • A bland mogul and his queen Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and reviews movies for Time. His latest film is "Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin."

  • Aviation's open-ended voyage Paul Hoffman, Paul Hoffman is the author of "Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight" and "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth."

  • Still at war with Pinochet Marc Cooper, Marc Cooper is the author of "Pinochet and Me: A Chilean Anti-Memoir" and the forthcoming "The Last Honest Place in America: Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas."

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  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

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  • 'The Even Numbers' Charles Tomlinson

  • Interpreting the past

  • Rise of the machines Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is research director of the Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley think tank, and the author of "Empire and the Sun: Victorian Solar Eclipse Expeditions."

  • Life on the edge Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review

  • To do or to have done to you Natasha S. Randall, Natasha S. Randall is a columnist who writes about U.S. books and publishing for Publishing News and is a Russian translator.

  • Interpreting the past

  • Pictures from a revolution Anchee Min, Anchee Min is the author of "Red Azalea," "Becoming Madame Mao" and the forthcoming "Empress Orchid." This essay will appear as the introduction to "Chinese Propaganda Posters," to be published by Taschen later this month.

  • First Fiction Mark Rozzo

  • Seeking meaning, finding Proust Alexander Nehamas, Alexander Nehamas is Edmund N. Carpenter professor in humanities, professor of philosophy and professor of comparative literature at Princeton. He is the author of several books, including "Nietzsche: Life as Literature."

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