What happened on February 29, 2004
'Invisible Man' Helped Americans to See Each Other Lucas E. Morel, Lucas E. Morel is a professor of politics at Washington and Lee University and editor of "Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to 'Invisible Man,' " just out from the University Press of Kentucky.
Mexican Americans Are Building No Walls Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at New America Foundation.
'Yes' and 'Yes': the Best Way to Deal With the State Debt George Shultz, John Cogan and Michael Boskin, The authors are senior fellows at the Hoover Institution and all have served in Republican presidential administrations. Former Secretary of State George Shultz and John Cogan were director and deputy director, respectively, of the Office of Management and Budget. Michael Boskin was chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisors.
For Gibson, Devil Is in the Details Charlotte Allen, Charlotte Allen, the author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus," co-edits the inkWell weblog for the Independent Women's Forum.
Professing Dismay Qamar-ul Huda, Qamar-ul Huda is an assistant professor of Islamic studies and comparative theology at Boston College. He is the author of "Striving for Divine Union: Spiritual Exercises for Suhrawardi Sufis."
Raising the Volume Jonah Goldberg, Jonah Goldberg is editor at large of National Review Online and a syndicated columnist.
We the People Have Made a Mess William Parent, William Parent is assistant dean and director of the policy forum at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research.
When in Iraq, Do as the Grand Ayatollah Does Henri J. Barkey, Henri J. Barkey, chair of the international relations department at Lehigh University, was on the State Department's policy planning staff (1998-2000).
The U.S. Is Brewing Up a Disaster for the Kurds Brendan O'Leary, Brendan O'Leary is Lauder professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and is a constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan National Assembly.
What Would He Say? Jack Miles, Jack Miles is the author of "Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God" and "God: A Biography," for which he won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for biography.
Warren Court Opened Door to Wedding Chapel for Gays Jim Newton, Jim Newton is a Los Angeles Times editor currently on leave while writing a biography of Earl Warren.
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A homage to the losing side Rebecca Pawel, Rebecca Pawel is the author of "Death of a Nationalist" and "Law of Return," two novels set in Spain immediately after the civil war.
Contradictions at a city's heart Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
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Who was that masked man? Henry Jaglom, Henry Jaglom is a filmmaker whose films include "Deja Vu," "Festival in Cannes" and, most recently, "Going Shopping," which will be released this summer. In 1974, Jaglom received an Academy Award as a presenter of the best documentary of the year, "Hearts and Minds."
As labor stands on wobbly legs Stanley Aronowitz, Stanley Aronowitz is the author of numerous books, including "False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness," "From the Ashes of the Old: American Labor and America's Future" and "How Class Works: Power and Social Movement."
Delicate perceptions of the natural world Andrew Frisardi, Andrew Frisardi is the translator of "The Selected Poems of Giuseppe Ungaretti," winner of the 2003 Raiziss/de Palchi Prize from the Academy of American Poets.
A pivotal moment for America Fred Anderson, Fred Anderson teaches American history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His most recent book, "Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766," won the Francis Parkman Prize.
A crime saga, shot by shot Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Books versus business Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Glimpsing Godard among the layers of anecdote Dana Polan, Dana Polan, a professor of critical studies at the USC School of Cinema-Television, is the author of "Pulp Fiction" in the British Film Institute's Modern Film Classics series.
In rhythm with the revolution Ann Louise Bardach, Ann Louise Bardach is the author of "Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana" and the editor of "Cuba: A Traveler's Literary Companion."
Too adult for her own good Jon Boorstin, Jon Boorstin is the author of "Making Movies Work" and "Pay or Play." His most recent novel is "The Newsboys' Lodging-house, or the Confessions of William James."
Going, Going, Gone Fred Dickey, Fred Dickey last wrote for the magazine about immigrant workers.
Party tricks Peter McQuaid, Peter McQuaid is a regular contributor to the magazine.
Pirate Booty Paul Mazursky, Paul Mazursky is a writer, director, actor and producer whose credits include "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "Harry and Tonto," "Tempest," "An Unmarried Woman," and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills." He appears regularly in the HBO comedy series "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Chew. Spit. Repeat. Patrick J. Kiger, Patrick J. Kiger, a frequent contributor to the magazine, is coauthor, with Martin J. Smith, of "POPLORICA: A Popular History of the Fads, Mavericks, Inventions, and Lore That Shaped Modern America," to be published March 31 by HarperResource.
Sparkling on Oscar Night Hillary Johnson, Hillary Johnson is a regular contributor to the magazine.