What happened on December 12, 2004
Luck Be a Legume Tonight ADAM TSCHORN, Adam Tschorn last wrote for the magazine about macadamia nuts.
Men Dread Walking Mike Conlon, Mike Conlon is a freelance writer living in San Clemente.
Saving Strings Steven L. Shepherd, Steven L. Shepherd is a freelance writer living in San Diego.
A Rabbi in Tijuana? Vince Beiser, Vince Beiser last wrote for the magazine about ibogaine as a treatment for drug addiction.
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21st Century Tribes David Ronfeldt, David Ronfeldt is a senior political scientist at the Rand Corp., a nonprofit research organization, and coauthor of "Networks and Netwars: The Future of Terror, Crime and Militancy."
Pen Commandments Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Palestinian Future in the Balance Khalil Shikaki, Khalil Shikaki is the director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.
Snuffing Radical Islam's Fire Gregory Orfalea, Gregory Orfalea is director of the Center for Writing at Pitzer College. His updated edition of "The Arab Americans: A Quest for Their History and Culture" will appear next spring.
Real Men Don't Write Bitty Books Michael Lewis, Michael Lewis is the author, most recently, of "Moneyball."
They Will Strike Again ... Peter Bergen, Peter Bergen, a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation, is the author of "Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden" and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies.
When the Incentive to Save a Life Dies Jamie Court, Jamie Court is the president of the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights and the author of "Corporateering" (Tarcher/Putnam).
Why Is This Man Banned? Mark LeVine, Mark LeVine, who teaches Middle Eastern history at UC Irvine, is the author of the forthcoming "Why They Don't Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil."
Justice Thomas' Line to the Deepest Bedrock Thomas L. Krannawitter, Thomas L. Krannawitter is vice president of the Claremont Institute and director of the institute's Lincoln Fellowship Program.
Why Gas Prices Are So High Peter Navarro, Peter Navarro is a business professor at UC Irvine. Website: www.peter- navarro.com.
Love, Dad Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Less than the sum of its parts Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time and a contributing writer to Book Review. He is the author of numerous books, including "Matinee Idylls: Reflections on the Movies" and "The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art and Commerce of Walt Disney."
Playtime on a higher level Orli Low, Orli Low is an assistant editor of Book Review.
Her Apple is bittersweet Tracy Quan, Tracy Quan is the author of the novel "Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl" and a contributor to "NYC Sex: How New York City Transformed Sex in America."
Horrors that ripple far beyond their time and place Scott M. Morris, Scott M. Morris is the author of the novels "The Total View of Taftly" and "Waiting for April."
Those other united states Anthony Pagden, Anthony Pagden is professor of history and political science at UCLA and the author of many books, including "Peoples and Empires" and "European Encounters With the New World."
A master of modulation Caroline Fraser, Caroline Fraser, a poet and literary critic, is the author of "God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church."
A philosopher for our time Robert Finch, Robert Finch is the co-editor with John Elder of "The Norton Book of Nature Writing" and the author of several books, including "Common Ground: A Naturalist's Cape Cod" and "Death of a Hornet."