What happened on March 14, 2004
A life in front of the keyboard Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and reviews movies for Time magazine. He is producing a reconstruction of Sam Fuller's "The Big Red One" for Warner Bros.
Chapter and verse on the need for regime change Mark Hertsgaard, Mark Hertsgaard is the author of numerous books, including "On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency" and "The Eagle's Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World."
A poet restored to rustic glory Benjamin Lytal, Benjamin Lytal is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in various publications, including the New York Sun. His fiction will appear in forthcoming issues of McSweeney's and Fence.
Arms and the inspector Michael Ignatieff, Michael Ignatieff is the author of many books, including "Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond," "Blood and Belonging" and the forthcoming "The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror." He teaches human rights at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Reinventing the novel in a family history Thomas McGonigle, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov" and "Going to Patchogue."
The myth of the falling sky Tamar Jacoby, Tamar Jacoby is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and editor of "Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means to Be American."
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Family Matters Douglas R. Kmiec, Douglas R. Kmiec, professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University, is the author of "Cease-fire on the Family" and "Marriage and Family" in the recent book "Never a Matter of Indifference."
Better to Avoid Mistakes Than Make Amends Vikram Amar, Vikram Amar is professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law.
Nobody Likes a Brainiac Jo Scott-Coe, Jo Scott-Coe, who is currently on leave from teaching, is working as a poet-teacher with California Poets in the Schools, a state program that brings published poets into public K-12 classrooms.
The Risky Business of Cheap Living J. William Gibson, J. William Gibson is a professor of sociology at Cal State Long Beach and author of "Warrior Dreams: Violence and Manhood in Post-Vietnam America."
A Chance for Hahn to Leave the Doghouse Marc B. Haefele, Marc B. Haefele, news editor of the Los Angeles Alternative Press, is heard on KPCC (89.3 FM) on Fridays.
Arabs See Danger, not Hope, in Iraq Shibley Telhami, Shibley Telhami is Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland and senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. His most recent book is "The Stakes: America in the Middle East." He recently returned from the Middle East.
An Outsider Steps In and Changes the Script E.J. Graff, E.J. Graff is the author of "What Is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution." She is a visiting scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center.
Auto Ban Barbara Thornburg
The Still-Fighting Irishman Jean O. Pasco, Times staff writer Jean O. Pasco has covered Orange County politics since 1984.
To Die in Los Angeles Benjamin Bycel, Benjamin Bycel was founding director of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission.
The Bionic Frontier Simon LeVay, Simon LeVay was until 1992 a neuroscientist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, and is best known for his research into the biological basis of sexual orientation. He is the co-author, with Curt Freed, of "Healing the Brain" and lives in West Hollywood.
Big City, Huge Problem Dick J. Reavis, Dick J. Reavis is a freelance writer based in San Antonio.