What happened on October 10, 2004
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In Pursuit of the Gray Ghosts Susan Spano, Susan Spano is a Times staff writer. She last wrote for the magazine about St. Petersburg, Russia.
Isle of Intrigue Lyn Hamilton, Lyn Hamilton is the author of a series of archeological mysteries published by Berkley Prime Crime. "The Magyar Venus" was published in April, and "The Moai Murders" will be published in April 2005. She lives in Toronto.
It's Not Just a Train Trip, It's a State of Mind Lauren Kessler, Lauren Kessler last wrote for the magazine about Alzheimer's patients. She directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon.
The Breakup Niall Ferguson, Niall Ferguson is professor of history at Harvard University and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford. His latest book is "Colossus: The Price of America's Empire."
Assimilation Happens -- Deal With It Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor of Opinion, is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Your Aches, Your Pains, Your Bills M. Gregg Bloche, M. Gregg Bloche teaches health law and policy at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins universities and edited "The Privatization of Health Care Reform."
The Can't-Do Culture Karen Stabiner, Karen Stabiner is the author of "All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why It Matters."
Lice Niceties and a Muzzled Panther MICHAEL LEWIS, Michael Lewis is the author, most recently, of "Moneyball."
World-Class Outtakes Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
John Edwards, You're No Tom Cruise Jake Tapper, Jake Tapper is a correspondent with ABC News in its Washington bureau.
Wowi in Washington Orin Starn, Orin Starn, who teaches anthropology at Duke University, is the author of "Ishi's Brain: In Search of America's Last 'Wild' Indian."
Even in English It's Hard to Translate Geoffrey Nunberg, Geoffrey Nunberg is a linguist at Stanford University and the author of "Going Nucular" (PublicAffairs, 2004).
A poet who gave over but never gave up Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
House to be had -- for a killing Paula L. Woods, Paula L. Woods is the author of the Charlotte Justice series of detective novels, including "Stormy Monday."
In his footsteps Thomas Curwen, Thomas Curwen is editor of Outdoors and a frequent contributor to Book Review.
All the raw materials for a life in the spotlight Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time and a contributing writer to Book Review.
His passion changed the power of observation Avedis Hadjian, Avedis Hadjian is a former writer and editor for CNN online and an avid bird-watcher.
A scrap heap made of people Linda Jaivin, Linda Jaivin is the author of "The Monkey and the Dragon," the novels "Eat Me" and "Miles Walker, You're Dead" and co-editor of "New Ghosts, Old Dreams: Chinese Rebel Voices."
Bob Dylan approximately Timothy Ferris, Timothy Ferris is the author of "Seeing in the Dark," "The Whole Shebang" and "Coming of Age in the Milky Way."
Drunk on life: Yippee! with a wahoo! chaser Andrew Scull, Andrew Scull is co-author of "Customers and Patrons of the Mad-Trade" and "Undertaker of the Mind" and author of the forthcoming "Madness."