What happened on August 15, 2004
Treading water on the border Thomas Curwen, Thomas Curwen is a Times staff writer and a frequent contributor to Book Review.
The poetry of defiance Michael McGaha, Michael McGaha is the Yale B. and Lucille D. Griffith professor of modern languages at Pomona College.
A young heroine lifts her veil Laurel Maury, Laurel Maury is an editorial assistant for the New Yorker.
More than the Olympic home Peter Green, Peter Green is Dougherty Centennial professor emeritus of classics at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of "Alexander to Actium: The Historical Evolution of the Hellenistic Age." From 1966 to 1971, he lived and worked in Athens.
Clear view of a dark town Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Anglo veneer on L.A.'s past Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
The race to a flawless finish Clancy Sigal, Clancy Sigal, a screenwriter, is the author of "Going Away," "The Secret Defector" and "Weekend in Dinlock."
20th century horrors, exhumed Peter Maass, Peter Maass, a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, is the author of "Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War."
Once in the closet, now in the courts David J. Garrow, David J. Garrow is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Bearing the Cross," a biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Childhood in a changing nation Gina Nahai, Gina Nahai is the author of several novels, including "Sunday's Silence" and "Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith."
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Soul Shopping Hillary Johnson, Hillary Johnson last wrote for the magazine about herbal skin-care products.
Free enterprise Booth Moore, Booth Moore is The Times' fashion critic.
Warming Trend Peter McQuaid, Peter McQuaid last wrote for the magazine for the Men's Fashion Issue.
Referendum Cannot Heal a Wounded Venezuela Michael Shifter, Michael Shifter is vice president for policy at the Inter-American Dialogue and teaches Latin American politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
A Perfect Political Storm Tony Quinn, Tony Quinn is co-editor of the California Target Book, a nonpartisan analysis of California's legislative and congressional campaigns.
Today's Lesson Sandy Banks, Sandy Banks is an editorial writer for The Times.
Their True Colors, in Black and White Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
'Star Wars': Pie in the Sky William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: email@example.com.
Where Have All the Big Ideas Gone? Ted Halstead, Ted Halstead is president and CEO of the New America Foundation and author of "The Real State of the Union."
Holy Terror Sam Harris, Sam Harris is the author of "The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason," published this month. He can be reached at www.samharris.org