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What happened on October 12, 2003

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  • 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."

  • 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.

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  • A shot across the bow Mark Lewis, Mark Lewis is books editor of Forbes.com.

  • Going broke Peter G. Gosselin, Peter G. Gosselin is a national economics correspondent in The Times' Washington bureau.

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

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  • 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."

  • Halloween is full of surprises Reviews are provided courtesy of Publishers Weekly, where they first appeared. Copyright 2003, Publishers Weekly.

  • 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."

  • The realist sees more than her eye beholds Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.

  • 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."

  • Pushing the envelope Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.

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