What happened on October 12, 2003
Left Speechless John H. McWhorter, John H. McWhorter is senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and associate professor of linguistics at UC Berkeley. His latest book is "Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care."
Repressing Women, Repressing Democracy M. Steven Fish, M. Steven Fish is associate professor of political science at UC Berkeley and the author of "Islam and Authoritarianism," which appears in the October 2002 issue of World Politics.
Back Story of DVD Fracas: We Love Our Bags of Swag Lynda Obst, Lynda Obst, a producer at Paramount Pictures, is the author of "Hello, He Lied: And Other Truths From the Hollywood Trenches."
Voters' Frustration May Drift Bush's Way Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips is the author, most recently, of "Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich."
Legislature May Read From New Governor's Script Lou Cannon, Lou Cannon, who covered Ronald Reagan for more than three decades as a reporter for the San Jose Mercury-News and the Washington Post, is the author of five books about Reagan, most recently, "Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power."
A Savior Short on Miracles Amy Wilentz, Amy Wilentz is the author of "Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier" and the novel "Martyrs' Crossing." She is at work on a book about the recall and California.
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No ghost in the machine John R. Searle, John R. Searle is Mills professor of the philosophy of mind and language at UC Berkeley. He is the author of many books, including "The Mystery of Consciousness" and, most recently, "Consciousness and Language."
A land rich in lore, rich in cotton, poor in spirit Malcolm Margolin, Malcolm Margolin is the publisher of Berkeley-based Heyday Books, which specializes in works on California. Recent books include "At Work: The Art of California Labor," "California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present" and "Under the Fifth Sun: Latino Literature from California."
Halloween is full of surprises Reviews are provided courtesy of Publishers Weekly, where they first appeared. Copyright 2003, Publishers Weekly.
Going broke Peter G. Gosselin, Peter G. Gosselin is a national economics correspondent in The Times' Washington bureau.
Balancing the scales of justice Sharon Dolovich, Sharon Dolovich teaches criminal law, prison law and legal ethics at the UCLA School of Law.
A soldier and a politician Andrew J. Bacevich, Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of international relations at Boston University, is the author of "American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy" and editor of a new collection of articles, "The Imperial Tense: Prospects and Problems of American Empire."
Act One of the media circus Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is the author most recently of "Woody Allen: A Life in Film." His latest documentary film is "Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin."
Pushing the envelope Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Pain, poetry and death Susie Linfield, Susie Linfield, a contributing writer to Book Review, is acting director of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University.
A shot across the bow Mark Lewis, Mark Lewis is books editor of Forbes.com.
A United Island, a World Apart Judith Fein, Judith Fein, a frequent contributor to NPR's Savvy Traveler, lives in Santa Fe, N.M. For information on her documentary about Tunisia, visit www.globaladventure.us.
Fantastical Journey Susan Spano, Susan Spano is a Times staff writer. She last wrote for the magazine on Brussels.
Riding Banff's Rugged Rockies Carl Duncan, Carl Duncan is a freelance writer living on Salt Spring Island, Canada. He last wrote for the magazine on Burma.
Chicken Run Cynthia Mines, Cynthia Mines is editor of the Wichita Times in Kansas.
Middle Earth at Middle Age Amanda Jones, Amanda Jones is a freelance writer based in the Bay Area. She last wrote for the magazine on sailing Turkey's Turquoise Coast.