What happened on January 18, 2004
The Unlaunchable Wally Funk Preston Lerner, Preston Lerner last wrote for the magazine about the future of the lawn in Southern California.
The Need for Speed Dan Harder, Dan Harder last wrote for the magazine about Helen Chaplin, a former vice president at the Beverly Wilshire hotel.
The Demonized Seed Lee Green, Lee Green last wrote for the magazine about secular ethicist Michael Josephson.
The New Border Aesthetic Josh Kun, Josh Kun is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and cultural critic who teaches in the English Department at UC Riverside.
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Bases for an Empire Chalmers Johnson, Chalmers Johnson's latest book is "The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic." A longer version of this essay appears on www.tomdispatch.com.
Umbilical Cord That Bleeds Instead of Nourishing William Fulton, William Fulton is president of Solimar Research Group and a senior scholar at the School of Policy, Planning and Development at USC. He was elected to the Ventura City Council in November.
Bush Reaches Out, Falls Short Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a fellow at the New America Foundation.
GOP Must Wed Values to Politics William J. Bennett, William J. Bennett, the Washington fellow of the Claremont Institute, is the author of "The Broken Hearth: Reversing the Moral Collapse of the American Family."
American Dream Finds New Home Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Davenport Institute for Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He is writing a history of cities for Modern Library.
In China, Killing the Viral Messenger Wendy Orent, Wendy Orent writes frequently about emerging infections and is the author of the forthcoming book "Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World's Most Dangerous Disease."
Behind blue eyes James Marcus, James Marcus is a critic, journalist, translator and author of the forthcoming "Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut."
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Bestsellers Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores
Cops and doctors to the rescue Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Chromosomes make the man Robert Lee Hotz, Robert Lee Hotz is a science writer for The Times.
Four tales in search of their author Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a contributor to Book Review and other publications.
Illuminating the human heart Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
A poet caught between worlds Maria Margaronis, Maria Margaronis is a journalist and critic living in London.
Extreme thinking Margaret Wertheim, Margaret Wertheim is the author of "Pythagoras' Trousers" and "The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space From Dante to the Internet."
Los Angeles: the parable David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is the editor of "Another City: Writing From Los Angeles" and "Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology" and is the author of the forthcoming "The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith."
Poles and Jews: troubled history Abraham Brumberg, Abraham Brumberg is the editor of "Poland: Genesis of a Revolution," among other books.