What happened on December 14, 2003
Man, Martyr, Myth Craig Medred, Craig Medred is Outdoor Editor of the Anchorage Daily News.
The Wise Man of Rancho Park Edward J. Boyer, Edward J. Boyer is a former Times staff writer.
Waiting for the Supermutants Paul Gordon, Paul Gordon last wrote for the magazine about the crash of his 1990 Mazda Miata.
The Thrill Is Gone Michael Walker, Michael Walker, a former senior editor of the magazine, last wrote about Laurel Canyon.
Got Milk? CAROLYNN CARRENO, Carolynn Carreno last wrote for the magazine about rhubarb.
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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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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."
The Pentagon Invades Your Xbox Nick Turse, Nick Turse is a doctoral student in the program for the history and ethics of public health and medicine in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Party May Be Over for Centrists Matthew Dallek, Matthew Dallek's "The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan's First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics," is due out in paperback in March.
A Job for a Tough Guy Alex Ricciardulli, Alex Ricciardulli is L.A. County deputy public defender and adjunct professor at USC and Loyola law schools.
Governor Appears to Be Going Gray Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior scholar in the school of policy, planning and development at USC and a political analyst for KNBC.
Forcing the Issue Rami G. Khouri, Rami G. Khouri is executive editor of the Beirut-based Daily Star, a regional newspaper distributed throughout the Middle East.
Echoes of the Bad Old Days Atiq Sarwari and Robert Crews, Atiq Sarwari is a program associate at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Robert Crews is an assistant professor of history at Stanford University.
Ghosts of a Dream Grace Paley, Grace Paley is a poet and fiction writer. This essay appears in the book "Wrestling with Zion."