What happened on January 05, 2003
Choosing against life Thomas Curwen, Thomas Curwen is deputy editor of Book Review.
The contortionist dance of a peep show worker Tracy Quan, Tracy Quan is the author of the novel "Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl" and a contributor to "NYC Sex: How New York City Transformed Sex in America."
A stunning invitation to the party that never was Thomas Sanchez, Thomas Sanchez is the author of "Rabbit Boss," "Mile Zero," "Day of the Bees" and "Zoot-Suit Murders." His upcoming fifth novel, "King Bongo," is set in 1950s Havana.
One act of violence, two lives forever changed Elizabeth Kaye, Elizabeth Kaye is the author of "Ain't No Tomorrow: Kobe, Shaq, and the Making of a Lakers Dynasty."
The forefathers of imperialism Walter Russell Mead, Walter Russell Mead is senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of "Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World."
The height of nonsense Mark Rozzo, Mark Rozzo is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Wild and woolly cowboy myths 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."
The skilled art of chance, cubed Crispin Sartwell, Crispin Sartwell teaches philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art and writes an opinion column for Creators Syndicate.
Starr's chamber: a skewed view Edward Lazarus, Edward Lazarus is the author of "Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall and Future of the Modern Supreme Court." He is a lawyer in private practice.
A farmer's almanac, earthy and rich Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
'A living soul in a dead noose' Cynthia Haven, Cynthia Haven writes for a number of publications, including the (London) Times Literary Supplement and the Georgia Review.
When to bend, when to break Ursula K. Le Guin, Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of numerous books, including "The Telling" and "The Left Hand of Darkness."
That old-time journalism of guts and glory Carl Jensen, Carl Jensen is the author of "Stories That Changed America: Muckrakers of the 20th Century." He is emeritus professor of communication studies at Sonoma State University and founder of Project Censored.
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What the Lost Boys of Sudan Found in America David Weddle, David Weddle last wrote for the magazine about the lasting emotional damage to veterans of World War II.
Louis Sachar's Odyssey Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds last wrote for the magazine about vampire Goths.
The Fright Stuff Andy Meisler, Andy Meisler's last story for the magazine was a profile of sports agent-turned-educator Patrick McCabe.
It Was the Cat... Fred Dickey, Fred Dickey last wrote for the magazine about the closing of Levi Strauss' U.S. plants.
Refusing to be labeled MIKE HODGKINSON, Mike Hodgkinson is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer.
The Lies We Are Told About Iraq Victor Marshall, Victor Marshall, a research fellow at the Independent Institute, a public policy group, is the author of "To Have and Have Not: Southeast Asian Raw Materials and the Origins of the Pacific War."
What Leaks Are Good Leaks? Jack Nelson, Jack Nelson, former Washington bureau chief of The Times, wrote a report on government secrecy while he was a fellow of the Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Text of the report can be found at www.shorenstein center.org.
Can He Duplicate Wilson's Touch? Bill Whalen, Bill Whalen, a research fellow at Hoover Institution at Stanford University, was a speechwriter for Gov. Pete Wilson.
A Higher Degree in Blame Charlotte Allen, Charlotte Allen is a frequent contributor to the Women's Quarterly.
The U.S. Should Heed a Grown-Up S. Korea Frank B. Gibney, Frank B. Gibney is professor of politics at Pomona College and president of the Pacific Basin Institute. He is the author of "The Pacific Century: America and Asia in a Changing World."
In His Image William Schneider, William Schneider, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a CNN political analyst.
Keep Politics Off the Bench Bruce Ackerman, Bruce Ackerman, a professor of law at Yale, is the editor of "Bush v. Gore: The Question of Legitimacy" (Yale University Press, 2002).
Open the Prison Door to Savings Alex Ricciardulli, Alex Ricciardulli is L.A. deputy public defender and adjunct professor at USC and Loyola law schools.
A Revival Under Many Tents in L.A. Joel Kotkin and Karen Speicher, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor of Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Davenport Institute for Public Policy at Pepperdine University and the Milken Institute. He is currently writing a history of cities for Modern Library. Karen Speicher is a graduate student at Pepperdine.