What happened on November 30, 2003
The Sons of Sante Kimes Matthew Heller, Matthew Heller last wrote for the magazine about the city of Colton's battle against the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly.
You Can't Get There From Here Bernadette Murphy, Bernadette Murphy is a regular book reviewer for The Times.
Fruits of Change CAROLYNN CARRENO, Carolynn Carreno last wrote for the magazine about fresh ricotta cheese.
Finding Wilderness Frank Clifford, Frank Clifford is a Times editor who last wrote for the magazine about author Kem Nunn. Clifford is author of "The Backbone of the World: A Portrait of the Vanishing West Along the Continental Divide" (Broadway Books, 2002).
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The history of a love that dares speak its name Edmund White, Edmund White is the author of numerous books, including "Fanny: A Fiction," "Genet: A Biography" and "States of Desire: Travels in Gay America."
When music, fashion and politics clashed Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of the forthcoming "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
Power, slavery and a president Joyce Appleby, Joyce Appleby, professor of history emerita at UCLA, is the author, most recently, of "Thomas Jefferson."
A Latino omnibus James Sallis, James Sallis is the author of many novels, including "Cypress Grove" and "Ghost of a Flea," as well as a chapbook of translations from French, Spanish and Russian poetry, "My Tongue in Other Cheeks."
Humor and grit win the West Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Curmudgeon Jr. Mark Rozzo, Mark Rozzo is a contributing writer to Book Review.
The evolution of El Greco Theodore K. Rabb, Theodore K. Rabb is the author of "Renaissance Lives: Portraits of an Age."
Diary of a life among the Raj Jane Ciabattari, Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short-story collection "Stealing the Fire" and a contributing editor to Parade Magazine.
A Neurotic Normalcy Sara Lipton, Sara Lipton teaches medieval history at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and is the author of "Images of Intolerance." A longer version of this article can be found at www.tomdispatch.com.
Blasts Won't Shatter Turkey's Ties to West Henri J. Barkey, Henri J. Barkey, chairman of the international relations department at Lehigh University, was on the State Department's policy planning staff from 1998 to 2000.
Cultivating Success Matthew Miller, Matthew Miller, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, is host of "Left, Right & Center" on KCRW (89.9 FM). This article is adapted from his new book, "The Two Percent Solution: Fixing America's Problems in Ways Liberals And Conservatives Can Love."
Political Fireworks Possible in 2004 Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips is the author, most recently, of "Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich."
World Sneezes; U.S. Diners Get Sick Madeline Drexler, Madeline Drexler is a Boston-based journalist and author of "Secret Agents: The Menace of Emerging Infections."
Cultivating Success Jeff Horton, Jeff Horton, a recruiter at the L.A. County Teacher Recruitment Center, is a former member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education.
We Will Reap What We Sow in the Central Valley Gerald W. Haslam, Gerald W. Haslam is the author of several books about the Central Valley, among them "The Other California" (University of Nevada, 1994).
Alternative-Fuel Vehicles Are Ready to Clean Up Sarah L. Catz, Sarah L. Catz is director of the Center for Urban Infrastructure at UC Irvine's Institute of Transportation Studies.
Kibbutzim Fall, Settlements Rise -- and Israel Loses Jo-Ann Mort, Jo-Ann Mort is co-author (with Gary Brenner) of "Our Hearts Invented a Place: Can Kibbutzim Survive in Today's Israel?"