What happened on March 07, 2004
The Golden Age of Mediocrity Patrick J. Kiger, Patrick J. Kiger last wrote for the magazine about the foibles of outsiders in Hollywood.
Palm Sunday Woody Woodburn, Woody Woodburn is a freelance writer based in Ventura.
'Cow Town' Cool David Davis, David Davis last wrote for the magazine about the Mad Pride movement led by former mental illness patients.
Tiny Bubbles Linda Marsa, Linda Marsa is a regular contributor to The Times' Health section.
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Black-white, love-hate in South Africa Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is a writer whose work has appeared in L.A. Weekly, the Village Voice and McSweeney's.
The gentleman from Montana Andrew H. Malcolm, Andrew H. Malcolm is a member of the Times Editorial Board.
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A fight between spies and might Edward N. Luttwak, Edward N. Luttwak is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and the author of "Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace."
Forging their own vision of empire Jacob Heilbrunn, Jacob Heilbrunn is a Los Angeles Times editorial writer and author of an upcoming book on the history of neoconservatism.
An intoxicating sip of the Roaring '20s Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a contributor to Book Review and other publications.
A lot of lies and just as many excuses Tim Rutten, Tim Rutten is a Times senior writer who writes the "Regarding Media" column.
Forward thinking Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
A radical passion for justice Susan Griffin, Susan Griffin is the author of several books, including "A Chorus of Stones" and, most recently, "The Book of the Courtesans."
Space and time, strings attached K.C. Cole, K.C. Cole is a science writer for The Times and author of "Mind Over Matter: Conversations With the Cosmos" and "The Hole in the Universe: How Scientists Peered Over the Edge of Emptiness and Found Everything."
In the name of God F.E. Peters, F.E. Peters is professor of Middle East studies, history and religion at New York University and is the author, most recently, of "The Monotheists: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Conflict and Competition."
Portrait of a daughter as a lost cause Denis Donoghue, Denis Donoghue is university professor and Henry James professor of English and American letters at New York University and the author of many books, including "Yeats," "The Practice of Reading" and "Speaking of Beauty."
Finding Bobby Fischer, sadly J.C. Hallman, J.C. Hallman is the author of "The Chess Artist: Genius, Obsession and the World's Oldest Game" and the forthcoming "The God Variations."
The Big Supermarket Squeeze 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 finishing a history of cities for Modern Library.
Fall From Grace Amy Wilentz, Amy Wilentz is the author of "The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier" and the novel "Martyr's Crossing." She translated a book of Aristide's speeches and writing, "In the Parish of the Poor: Writings From Haiti."
The Pentagon's Secret Scream William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law That Fails on All Counts Vincent Schiraldi and Geri Silva, Vincent Schiraldi is executive director of the Justice Policy Institute. Geri Silva is executive director of Families to Amend California's Three Strikes. The full report can be found at www.justicepolicy.org.
Birds Do It, Bonobos Do It Marlene Zuk, Marlene Zuk is a professor of biology at UC Riverside and the author of "Sexual Selections: What We Can and Can't Learn About Sex From Animals."
Running Out of Oil -- and Time Paul Roberts, Paul Roberts writes about the energy industry for Harper's Magazine and other national publications. His new book, "The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World," will be published in May.
Veil of Anxiety Over Women's Rights Shahin Cole and Juan Cole, Shahin Cole is an independent scholar. Juan Cole is professor of modern Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan.