What happened on November 28, 2004
Opening-Weekend Madness Jonathan Bing and Dade Hayes, Jonathan Bing and Dade Hayes are editors at Variety. This is adapted from "Open Wide: How Hollywood Box Office Became a National Obsession," just published by Miramax Books.
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The Magical Mystery Tour Vince Beiser, Vince Beiser's last story for the magazine was about the new executive class in American business.
Latin Accents Emily Young, Emily Young is a frequent contributor to the magazine.
Cold Night in a Small Theater Marc Porter Zasada, Marc Porter Zasada is a freelance writer in Los Angeles. His radio commentary, "The Urban Man," is featured on KCRW.
All the pretty flowers Emily Green, Emily Green last wrote for the magazine about an urban garden near downtown L.A.
Adam's Excellent Adventure Tracie White, Tracie White is a freelance writer based in Aptos, Calif.
Stand by Ukraine's Struggle Matthew Spence, Matthew Spence is a director of the Truman National Security Project and is writing a book about American democracy promotion in Russia and Ukraine. Website: www.trumanproject.org
Doggy Bag? No Thanks Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tribal Warfare on the Right Henry R. Nau, Henry R. Nau, a professor at George Washington University, served in the Ford and Reagan administrations and is author of "At Home Abroad: Identity and Power in American Foreign Policy." This article is extracted from a larger piece that will appear in the winter issue of National Interest.
The Waning Power of Nature's Priests David Rains Wallace, David Rains Wallace's latest book is "Beasts of Eden" ( University of California Press, 2004).
Want to Stop the Nukes? Make Nice Alan L. Isenberg, Alan L. Isenberg is a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation of the Stanford Institute for International Studies.
Campus Sex and Tom Wolfe's Clothing MICHAEL LEWIS, Michael Lewis is the author, most recently, of "Moneyball."
Kinsey Unzipped James H. Jones, James H. Jones is the author of "Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life and "Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment."
The lure of heroism Leo Braudy, Leo Braudy is the author of "From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity" and University Professor at USC.
A lingering silence Sandee Brawarsky, Sandee Brawarsky is the book critic for the Jewish Week.
Oh, say can you see? Sean Wilentz, Sean Wilentz, a professor of history at Princeton, co-edited with Greil Marcus "The Rose and The Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad."
From 2100 BC, a story for 2004 Nick Owchar, Nick Owchar is acting deputy editor of Book Review.
Ancient tragedy but never old Jamie James, Jamie James is a critic and author of "The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science and the Natural Order of the Universe" and a new novel, "The Java Man."
Three movies and one nail-biting weekend Lynda Obst, Lynda Obst, a producer at Paramount Pictures, is the author of "Hello, He Lied: And Other Truths From the Hollywood Trenches."