What happened on July 25, 2004
Martyr Without a Cause Martin J. Smith, Martin J. Smith is a senior editor at the magazine and the coauthor of "POPLORICA: A Popular History of the Fads, Mavericks, Inventions, and Lore That Shaped Modern America."
The Saga of the Aztec Eagles Dana Calvo, Dana Calvo is a freelance writer based in Houston
Living in the Present E.D. Maytum, E.D. Maytum last wrote for the magazine a spoof on advice columns.
Versatile Veggie DAVID LEITE, David Leite last wrote for the magazine about pistachio gelato.
A Wearable Feast Hillary Johnson, Hillary Johnson's last story for the magazine was about haute couture haircuts.
The Devil's Advocate Patti Paniccia, Patti Paniccia last wrote for the magazine about the trademark war over Duke Kahanamoku's name.
An education and life in the ring Gordon Marino, Gordon Marino, a former boxer, is Boldt distinguished professor in the humanities and director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at Minnesota's St. Olaf College.
A poke in the eye for Faulkner David Sheffield, David Sheffield is a screenwriter of such films as "The Nutty Professor," "Boomerang" and "Coming to America." He is completing a screenplay for DreamWorks with writing partner Barry Blaustein described as an update of "Romeo and Juliet," starring Eddie Murphy in a dual role as the fathers of two lovers.
Ties that shape a coming of age Neil Gordon, Neil Gordon is literary editor of the Boston Review, chair of the writing program at Eugene Lang College of the New School and author of the novel "The Company You Keep."
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Dead-on Hollywood Tom Nolan, Tom Nolan is the author of "Ross Macdonald: A Biography" and the editor of "Strangers in Town: Three Newly Discovered Mysteries by Ross Macdonald."
Soft words or the big stick? Andrew J. Bacevich, Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of international relations at Boston University, is the author of "American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy" and the forthcoming book "The New American Militarism."
Wicked humor Scott M. Morris, Scott M. Morris is the author of the novels "The Total View of Taftly" and "Waiting for April."
A conservative look at neocons Jim Sleeper, Jim Sleeper, a lecturer in political science at Yale, is the author of "Liberal Racism" and "The Closest of Strangers: Liberalism and the Politics of Race in New York."
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Political Lines Get Scrambled in Israel Shlomo Avineri, Shlomo Avineri is professor of political science at Hebrew University.
Leave It to Cleaver Rick Perlstein, Rick Perlstein is the author of "Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus."
The Great Stone Face, Ready for Rushmore Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editoral cartoonist of the Lexington Herald Leader.
A Darker Shadow Than Iraq Walter Russell Mead, Walter Russell Mead, a contributing editor to Opinion and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author, most recently, of "Power, Terror, Peace and War: America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk."
Mining the Imagination for New Energy Alan Weisman, Alan Weisman teaches journalism at the University of Arizona and is the author of the memoir "An Echo in My Blood."
Losing the Old Las Vegas Is a Bad Deal for Everyone Marc Cooper, Marc Cooper is an L.A. Weekly columnist and a contributing editor to the Nation magazine. His latest book is "The Last Honest Place in America: Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas."