What happened on September 07, 2003
Breeding only the best Tony Platt, Tony Platt, emeritus professor of social work at Cal State Sacramento, is researching the history of eugenics.
Evil, artfully done Jaroslaw Anders, Jaroslaw Anders is a translator and critic.
Outliving his own ideology but not his insight David Rieff, David Rieff is a contributing writer to Book Review and the author of several books, including "A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis."
A look into the open wallet Mark Dowie, Mark Dowie is the author of "American Foundations: An Investigative History."
A crusade to heal the world Herbert Gold, Herbert Gold is the author of several books, including "Haiti: Best Nightmare on Earth."
Deconstructing John O'Hara Tom Nolan, Tom Nolan is the author of "Ross Macdonald: A Biography."
The low spark of a rock hack Jon Caramanica, Jon Caramanica is a writer whose pieces have appeared in GQ, Rolling Stone and the Village Voice.
A Californian who heeded a distant drumbeat Pico Iyer, Pico Iyer is the author, most recently, of the novel "Abandon" and a forthcoming book of travels, "Sun After Dark."
Exiled by choice, shaped by chance Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin writes regularly for Book Review, among other publications.
Standing behind dictators Marc Cooper, Marc Cooper is the author of "Pinochet and Me: A Chilean Anti-Memoir."
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Learning Curve Carol Lynn Mithers, Carol Lynn Mithers is a Los Angeles writer.
Turn the Tide: Send Money Back to Cities Joel Kotkin and Robert Hertzberg, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Davenport Institute for Public Policy at Pepperdine University. Robert Hertzberg is a former speaker of the California Assembly and an attorney in private practice.
The Good Overcomes the Bad and the Ugly Therese K. Lee, Therese K. Lee is an occasional contributor to The Times. She has spent 14 years as a parent in the L.A. Unified School District.
Winning the Peace, Quietly Max Boot, Max Boot is a senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and is author of "The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power."
Struggling and Succeeding Leonor Valencia with Molly Selvin, Leonor Valencia is the PTA secretary at Belvedere Elementary School. Molly Selvin is a Times editorial writer.
History Spurned James Reston Jr., James Reston Jr. is the author of "Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade" and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
You Really Like Me ... Gerry Flahive, Gerry Flahive is a Toronto writer and documentary producer.
Mostly, the Lights Stayed On Peter H. King, Peter H. King's twice-weekly column runs through the recall election.
Harrowing Past Is Still Part of Us Gail Sheehy, Gail Sheehy is the author of "Passages" and, most recently, "Middletown, America: One Town's Passage From Trauma to Hope" (Random House, 2003).
Learning Curve Roy Romer, Roy Romer is the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Benign Autocracy Is Answer for Iraq Ray Takeyh and Nikolas Gvosdev, Ray Takeyh is a professor and director of studies at the Near East and South Asia Center, National Defense University, and Nikolas Gvosdev is a senior fellow at the Nixon Center.
Arbiters of Hip Peter McQuaid, Peter McQuaid last wrote for the magazine about women's fashion in Los Angeles.
The uncomfortable middle Paul Brownfield, Paul Brownfield is a staff writer for The Times' Calendar section.
Stylishly Tempered Heather John, Heather John is a senior Style editor at the magazine.