What happened on May 04, 2003
A reminder of miracles Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.
The ghosts of apartheid linger Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
The shaky realms that hubris built David K. Shipler, David K. Shipler is the author of "Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land," which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 and was revised and updated last year. He is a former New York Times correspondent in Saigon, Moscow, Jerusalem and Washington.
For some, there was no boom Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch is a contributing writer to Book Review and the author of the upcoming "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
Spinning rhyme into realities Andrew Frisardi, Andrew Frisardi is the translator of "Selected Poems" by Giuseppe Ungaretti.
A scholar and a romantic Dana Goodyear, Dana Goodyear is an editor at the New Yorker.
A star-crossed partnership Margaret Wertheim, Margaret Wertheim is the author of "The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space From Dante to the Internet."
The salon's-eye view in full undress Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber, Joan Palevsky professor of modern European history emeritus at UCLA, is the author of numerous works, including "Peasants Into Frenchmen," and is a contributing writer to Book Review.
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A Higher Calling? Miles Beller, Miles Beller last wrote for the magazine about the making of the Lawrence Bridges film "12." He is co-editor of "American Datelines: Major News Stories from Colonial Times to the Present" (University of Illinois Press, 2003).
The Great Escape Fantasy Marc Porter Zasada, Marc Porter Zasada is a writer and marketing consultant in Los Angeles.
Conditioned Response Hillary Johnson, Hillary Johnson last wrote for the magazine about shopping L.A.'s ethnic neighborhoods.
The Ink-Stained Memoirs Rip Rense, Rip Rense last wrote for the magazine about his friendship with former Valley News reporter Joe Shinn.
Whither the Lawn Preston Lerner, Preston Lerner last wrote for the magazine about how film and television are setting design trends.
Iberian Idyll David Leite, David Leite is a freelance food writer living in New York.
Curated Quarters Barbara Thornburg Photographed by Fernando Bengoechea
Aliens Are Not Part of the Club Yet Amitai Etzioni, Amitai Etzioni is author of "My Brother's Keeper: A Memoir and a Message" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).
Winds of Change in the Desert Sandra Mackey, Sandra Mackey is the author of "The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom."
'91 Budget Crisis Seems Like the Good Old Days 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 political analyst for KCAL.
SARS Lays Bare a Contradiction Ross Terrill, Ross Terrill's most recent book is "The New Chinese Empire."
The Shame of the Airwaves Mary A. Fischer, Mary A. Fischer is an award-winning magazine journalist and a former senior writer for GQ magazine.
Rogue Science M. Gregg Bloche, M. Gregg Bloche is a professor of law at Georgetown University, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a member of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science.
Apocalypse Then Mary Spicuzza, Mary Spicuzza is a freelance writer and graduate student at the UC Berkeley journalism school.
Coalition's Odd Man In Henry Kamen, Henry Kamen is the author of "Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763."
Death of a Killing Machine Christopher Shea, Christopher Shea is a Washington, D.C., writer.