What happened on July 13, 2003
Building a Better Walnut PHIL BARBER, Phil Barber last wrote for the magazine about grilled cheese sandwiches.
The Artist As Canyon Jumper Susan Freudenheim, Susan Freudenheim is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. She is a former arts editor for The Times.
Hollywood High School, Circa 1936 Harry Bekkar, Harry Bekkar is a writer living in San Clemente. A version of this essay first appeared in his "print on demand" book, "Optimizing Health and Longevity" (November 2001).
Clean, well-lighted places Molly Selvin, Molly Selvin is an editorial writer for The Times who last wrote for the magazine about the PTA.
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This most dangerous of writers Thomas McGonigle, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov" and "Going to Patchogue."
Slavery in the U.S., as seen in its shackles Robin Blackburn, Robin Blackburn teaches social history at the University of Essex and is the author of "The Making of New World Slavery," among other works.
The whether underground Robert Hellenga, Robert Hellenga is the author of several novels, including "Blues Lessons," "The Sixteen Pleasures" and "The Fall of a Sparrow."
Can't wait for the whacking Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Far from pop's promised land Robert Christgau, Robert Christgau is a senior editor at the Village Voice and a senior fellow at the National Arts Journalism Program.
A landscape that's all over the map 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."
Contradictions of an era James R. Kincaid, James R. Kincaid is Aerol Arnold professor of English literature at USC and the author of "Annoying the Victorians" and "Child-Loving: The Erotic Child and Victorian Culture."
In God's name: Is it madness? Emily Bazelon, Emily Bazelon is a senior editor at Legal Affairs magazine.
McCarthy in a mini Jacob Heilbrunn, Jacob Heilbrunn is an editorial writer for The Times.
Making knowledge accessible to all Steven B. Sample and Warren Bennis, Steven B. Sample is president of USC and author of "The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership." Warren Bennis, a distinguished professor of business administration at USC, is author of "Geeks and Geezers: How Eras, Values and Defining Moments Shape Leaders."
To Shore Up Our Quality of Life, We Need Higher Taxes Richard Ramella, Richard Ramella is a consulting principal of the Planning Center, a Costa Mesa firm that specializes in land, community and environmental planning.
The War Within Peter Tomsen, Peter Tomsen was President George H.W. Bush's special envoy and ambassador for Afghanistan, 1989-92.
For the French and Americans, a 200-Year-Old Marital Fuss C.E. Richard, C.E. Richard wrote the six-hour documentary series "Louisiana: A History," premiering on public television this fall. This piece was written for the History News Service.
One More Loss Patricia Nelson Limerick, Patricia Nelson Limerick, a professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Colorado, is the author of "Something in the Soil: Legacies and Reckonings in the New West."
Battle of Political Outsiders Is Forming David R. Ayon and Pamela K. Starr, David R. Ayon, based at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and Pamela K. Starr, based at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, or ITAM, are working on a book on the Fox presidency and North American integration.
Hong Kong's Struggle Dick Thornburgh, Dick Thornburgh is a former U.S. attorney general and the chairman of the U.S. Committee for Hong Kong.
Ignore Pollsters -- Just Tell the Truth George McGovern, George McGovern, a former senator from South Dakota, was the Democratic nominee for president in 1972.
Skewed Justice for Muslims Jonathan Turley, Jonathan Turley is a law professor at George Washington University.
A Tale of Two Africas Joseph Siegle, Joseph Siegle is the Douglas Dillon Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a co-author of a forthcoming book on democracy and development.
Refugees Are Iraq's Forgotten People Shannon Meehan and Ada Williams, Shannon Meehan and Ada Williams are members of a Refugees International team that spent nine weeks in Iraq.
On Race, Baker Swings With Grace Joan Walsh, Joan Walsh is vice president and news editor of the online magazine Salon.
When Presidents Deceive Jacob Heilbrunn, Jacob Heilbrunn is an editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times.
Letting Teachers Pack Guns Will Make America's Schools Safer John R. Lott Jr., John R. Lott Jr., a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is the author of the newly released "The Bias Against Guns" (Regnery, 2003).