What happened on November 23, 2003
Rising above the Rat Pack David Hajdu, David Hajdu is the author of "Positively 4th Street" and "Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn" and teaches in the graduate writing program at the New School in New York City.
FDR, by one who knew him Stanley I. Kutler, Stanley I. Kutler is the author of "The Wars of Watergate."
The gray area of red hunting Sam Tanenhaus, Sam Tanenhaus, author of "Whittaker Chambers: A Biography," is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.
A West Coast that was still the forest primeval Donald Johanson, Donald Johanson is the author of many books, including "From Lucy to Language" (with Blake Edgar) and "The Skull of Australopithecus Afarensis" (with William Kimbel and Yoel Rak).
A sublime poet, an avowed defender of Ireland Frank Kermode, Frank Kermode is the author of many books, including "Shakespeare's Language," "The Genesis of Secrecy," "The Sense of an Ending" and the forthcoming "The Age of Shakespeare." He is former King Edward VII professor of English at Cambridge and Charles Eliot Norton professor of poetry at Harvard.
The freedom on which all others depend James Q. Wilson, James Q. Wilson, a professor of public policy at Pepperdine University, is the author of "The Marriage Problem: How Our Culture Has Weakened Families."
Breaking the ice of adolescence Nathaniel Rich, Nathaniel Rich is on the editorial staff of the New York Review of Books.
A microcosm of Los Feliz life Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Sincerely yours, the Great Communicator Douglas Brinkley, Douglas Brinkley is director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and professor of history at the University of New Orleans.
Madly in love with literature Matthew Price, Matthew Price is an occasional contributor to Book Review.
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Air Kisses LISA PALAC, Lisa Palac last wrote for the magazine about rice pudding.
Click and Wrap Adam Tschorn, Adam Tschorn last wrote for the magazine about maple syrup.
Rock 'n' Roll in Their Hearts Martin Booe, Martin Booe last wrote for the magazine about the etiquette for guests at parties.
Food and Whine Felicia Lee, Felicia Lee is a freelance writer based in Costa Mesa.
Remake of the Old West E.S. Bentley, E. S. Bentley is a freelance writer who lives in Santa Monica.
Jesus With a Genius Grant Alan Rifkin, Alan Rifkin is the author of "Signal Hill," a collection of short stories published by City Lights in October. He last wrote for the magazine about former UCLA football coach Bob Toledo.
Culture Clash Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler, a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg, is author of "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
Foreign Studies Poisoned by Politics Paula R. Newberg, Paula R. Newberg is an independent consultant who has taught in foreign-area studies programs.
Hu's Delicate Power Trip Sam Crane, Sam Crane is chairman of the Asian studies department at Williams College and author of "Aidan's Way." E-mail: email@example.com
Police Training: a Risky Road Nicholas Goldberg, Nicholas Goldberg is Op-Ed editor of The Times.
Culture Clash Brian C. Anderson, Brian C. Anderson is senior editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, from whose autumn issue this article is adapted.
Some Folks Just Shouldn't Get Married Charlotte Allen, Charlotte Allen is the author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus."
Mission Creep Hits Home William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pages of Power Luis J. Rodriguez, Luis J. Rodriguez is the award-winning author of eight books in children's literature, poetry, memoir, fiction and nonfiction. "Always Running" was a 1993 New York Times Notable Book and won a Chicago Sun-Times book award and a Carl Sandburg award.