What happened on October 24, 2004
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A biographers' pas de deux Mindy Aloff, Mindy Aloff is a consultant to the George Balanchine Foundation. Her writing on dance has appeared in many publications internationally.
Kinship runs deep Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
French fried David A. Bell, David A. Bell, a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, is the author of "The Cult of the Nation in France: Inventing Nationalism, 1680-1800."
Auschwitz painted in shades of gray Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
A virtuoso of the single note Aram Saroyan, Aram Saroyan is the author of many books, most recently, "Starting Out in the Sixties: Selected Essays" and "Artists in Trouble: New Stories."
From silenced voices comes an unsettling hum Herbert Mitgang, Herbert Mitgang, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, is the author of "Dangerous Dossiers: Exposing the Secret War Against America's Greatest Authors" and most recently "Newsmen in Khaki: Tales of a World War II Soldier Correspondent."
A gardener's not-so-simple life Paula L. Woods, Paula L. Woods is a book critic and the author of "Dirty Laundry," the latest in her Charlotte Justice mystery series.
No great sheiks Shashi Tharoor, Shashi Tharoor is the author of eight books, including two satirical novels, "The Great Indian Novel" and "Show Business."
Downsizing Arnold Robert Salladay and Peter Nicholas, Times staff writers Robert Salladay and Peter Nicholas cover the Schwarzenegger administration in Sacramento.
The Extra Man Joseph Honig, Joseph Honig last wrote for the magazine about things he carries.
Back From the Dead Scott S. Smith, Los Angeles writer Scott S. Smith is the author of "The Soul of Your Pet: Evidence for the Survival of Animals After Death."
In Search of Elusive Justice Scott Duke Harris, Scott Duke Harris last wrote for the magazine about MoveOn.org.
Daddy's Little Discovery MICHAEL LEWIS, Michael Lewis is the author, most recently, of "Moneyball."
Israel's Paradox Ensnares Sharon Aluf Benn, Aluf Benn is the diplomatic correspondent and a columnist for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
Karl Rove: America's Mullah Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler, a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg, is author of "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
Time's Up -- Pick Someone 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.
Super-Sized Deception From Fast-Food Giants Eric Schlosser, Eric Schlosser is the author of "Fast Food Nation" (HarperCollins, 2002).
Kerry the Catholic Andrew Gumbel, Andrew Gumbel is the Los Angeles correspondent for the Independent of London.
Bush Makes Me Laugh David Gelernter, David Gelernter is a professor of computer science at Yale University and a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard.
Physician, Know Thy Patient John Abramson, John Abramson, a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, is the author of "Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine" (HarperCollins, 2004). He had a family practice for 20 years.
What's Going Right in Iraq Christopher Hitchens is a columnist for Vanity Fair. His collection of essays, "Love, Poverty and War," will be published next month. Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is editor of the Middle East Quarterly. He is currently in Iraq. Frederick W. Kagan is a military historian and the coauthor of "While America Sleeps." Gary Schmitt is executive director of the Project for the New American Century.