What happened on August 08, 2004
The Speed Queen Preston Lerner, Preston Lerner last wrote for the magazine on test pilot Wally Funk.
Fields of Green Carolynn Carreno, Carolynn Carreno last wrote for the magazine about Bananas Foster.
The Eternal Power of Allure Mark Wasserman, Mark Wasserman is a screenwriter and poet who lives in Hollywood.
Save the Holes Rebecca Clarren, Rebecca Clarren is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.
Laws of the Jungle Steve Chapple, Steve Chapple is the co-author (with David Brower) of "Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run" (HarperCollins).
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A History Lesson on Part-Time Lawmaking Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior scholar in the School of Policy, Planning and Development at USC and a political analyst for KNBC.
'Reform' Imperils a Force for Clean Air Marc B. Haefele, Marc B. Haefele, news editor of the Los Angeles Alternative Press, is heard on KPCC-FM (89.3) on Fridays.
Voices in the Wilderness Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
A Virtual Scoop Wagner James Au, Wagner James Au has written for Wired and Salon. His blog, New World Notes, can be found at secondlife.blogs.com/nwn/.
Turkey's Chill Further Isolates Israel Henri J. Barkey, Henri J. Barkey, chairman of the international relations department at Lehigh University, was on the State Department's policy planning staff (1998-2000).
Spoils of War Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is an Irvine fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of "The City: A Global History," to be published early next year.
Bush Fires Up Mideast Reform Neil Hicks, Neil Hicks is director of international programs for Human Rights First.
An 'Illegal' Outbreak of Plague Wendy Orent, Wendy Orent is the author of "Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World's Most Dangerous Disease."
Odes to the cinema that was Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and a film critic for Time.
A Romanian reckoning Jaroslaw Anders, Jaroslaw Anders is a writer and translator living in Washington, D.C., who writes about Eastern and Central Europe.
Strangers in a stereotyped land Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is a writer whose work has appeared in L.A. Weekly, the Village Voice and McSweeney's.
Preserver of Jewish culture Michael Andre Bernstein, Michael Andre Bernstein is the author of the novel "Conspirators."
Modern life, a motive for murder P.J. O'Rourke, P.J. O'Rourke, a correspondent for the Atlantic, is the author of numerous books, most recently "Peace Kills: America's Fun New Imperialism."
With each step, a discovery Janice Ross, Janice Ross, a professor of dance history at Stanford University, is the author of a forthcoming biography on modern dance innovator Anna Halprin.
In the labyrinth with Borges Alfred Mac Adam, Alfred Mac Adam is professor of Latin American literature at Barnard College, Columbia University, and editor of "Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas." He has translated writers including Fernando Pessoa, Carlos Fuentes and Juan Carlos Onetti.