What happened on March 16, 2003
Living Large in the 'Bimbo Vortex' David Weddle, This article is excerpted from David Weddle's book "Among the Mansions of Eden: Tales of Love, Lust and Land in Beverly Hills," to be published March 18 by William Morrow. He last wrote for the magazine about "The Lost Boys of Sudan."
A Prune by Any Other Name HENRY FENWICK, Henry Fenwick last wrote for the magazine about California dates.
Showtime U. Sandy Kobrin and Jason Levin, Sandy Kobrin last wrote for the magazine about women boxers. Jason Levin is an L.A.-based writer and radio host.
Losing Control Philip Reed, Philip Reed test-drives cars for Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com. He last wrote for the magazine about climbing Mt. Whitney.
Patriots on the Borderline Dan Baum, Dan Baum lived in Mexico for two years and writes often about border issues. He is the author of "Citizen Coors: An American Dynasty" (Morrow, 2000).
Napoleon's Blunders Margaret Atwood, Margaret Atwood won the Booker Prize for her novel "The Blind Assassin." Her latest book, "Oryx and Crake," will be published in May 2003.
Emergency System Needs Transfusion Edward Newton, Edward Newton, a physician, is vice chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
Full-Court Mess Victor Merina, Victor Merina, a former Times staff writer, is a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.
Being Antiwar Isn't Enough Daniel Terris, Daniel Terris is director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University.
A Regime Collapse Could Bring Chaos Sam Crane, Sam Crane is chairman of the Asian studies department at Williams College and author of "Aidan's Way."
OCTA: The County's Tonic to Relieve Congestion Tim Keenan, Tim Keenan is chairman of the OCTA board of directors and mayor pro-tem of Cypress.
Let Hope Grow in a Petri Dish Don C. Reed, Don C. Reed is chairman of Californians for Cure.
Liberal Grounds for War Jonathan D. Tepperman, Jonathan D. Tepperman is senior editor at Foreign Affairs magazine.
Muskets and Nukes: the Patterns of Proliferation Jared Diamond, Jared Diamond is a professor of geography and environmental health sciences at UCLA. His book "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
Time for Moral Courage on Both Sides Benjamin J. Hubbard, Benjamin J. Hubbard is a professor and chairman of the department of comparative religion at Cal State Fullerton.
Will 'Shock and Awe' Be Sufficient? William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: warkin@igc .org.
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The wicked and the undead Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
A life balanced on the master's scales Ted Libbey, Ted Libbey is director of media arts at the National Endowment for the Arts and author of "The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection."
When evil came to Eden Sydney H. Schanberg, Sydney H. Schanberg, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the fall of Cambodia in 1975, has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the New York Times and Newsday. His book, "The Death and Life of Dith Pran," was the basis for the award-winning film "The Killing Fields." He now writes for the Village Voice.
Going it alone Jenny Diski, Jenny Diski is the author of the memoirs "Skating to Antarctica: A Journey to the End of the World" and "Stranger on a Train: Daydreaming and Smoking Around America With Interruptions" and the novel "The Dream Mistress."
Phantoms of infidelity Jeff Turrentine, Jeff Turrentine is an essayist and critic whose work has appeared in Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, Architectural Digest and Slate.com.
Chaos theory Andrew Cockburn, Andrew Cockburn is the co-author of "Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein."
At the head of his class Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is a 1971 graduate of UC Santa Cruz.
How images fail to convey war's horror Neal Ascherson, Neal Ascherson is the author of numerous books, including "Black Sea," "The King Incorporated: Leopold the Second and the Congo" and "Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland."
Desire and disgust: a woman's sexual saga Laurie Stone, Laurie Stone is the author of "Laughing in the Dark" and "Close to the Bone."
Breakfast with Virginia Woolf Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.