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What happened on May 18, 2003

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  • We know not why Michael Shermer, Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine and the author of "In Darwin's Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace."

  • Redeemed Yankees Anthony Day, Anthony Day is a contributing writer to Book Review.

  • It's a world of hurt Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.

  • The hard-eyed witness Blanche Wiesen Cook, Blanche Wiesen Cook is the author of "Eleanor Roosevelt: Volumes 1 & 2" and "The Declassified Eisenhower." She is university distinguished professor at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

  • Tea ceremony meets railroad Peter Nosco, Peter Nosco is a professor of Japanese culture and history at USC.

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  • First Fiction Mark Rozzo

  • A look through the keyhole Ronald Brownstein, Ronald Brownstein is a Times political writer in Washington, D.C.

  • A California we'd forgotten 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."

  • A restless intelligence Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.

  • Don't tread on the NRA Thom Powers, Thom Powers is the director of the documentary "Guns & Mothers," airing on PBS' Independent Lens this month, and is the author of a forthcoming history of American documentary filmmaking, "Stranger Than Fiction."

  • Cuban rhythms Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.

  • Strong on success, weak in character Robert W. Cort, Robert W. Cort is a producer whose films include "Three Men and a Baby," "Mr. Holland's Opus," "Jumanji" and the forthcoming "Against the Ropes." His novel "Action!" will be published this summer.

  • A rough road to sobriety 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.

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

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