What happened on October 31, 2004
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A Feast for the Eyes Hillary Johnson, Hillary Johnson last wrote for the magazine about shopping.
This Is the City, Fo' Shizzle Alan Zweibel, Alan Zweibel is currently working on Billy Crystal's one-man show, "700 Sundays," which opens on Broadway in December.
Crunch-Time Cowboy Katherine Gould, Katherine Gould last wrote for the magazine about the Sumatran rhinos at the L.A. Zoo.
Kobe's Second Act Elizabeth Kaye, Elizabeth Kaye is the author of "Ain't No Tomorrow: Kobe, Shaq, and the Making of a Lakers Dynasty" (Contemporary Books), an examination of the Lakers' 2000-2001 season.
Stonewalled in the White House press room Orville Schell, Orville Schell is dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.
The war's over, but not for these brazen snipers Michael Parks, Michael Parks is the director of the School of Journalism at USC's Annenberg School for Communication. He was the editor of The Times from 1997 to 2000 and a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for the paper. He also covered the Vietnam War for the Baltimore Sun.
Quite at home on the range Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of two thrillers and a former contributor to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.
Presidents -- have they really gotten punier? Jon Meacham, Jon Meacham, managing editor of Newsweek, is the author of "Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship." He is at work on a book about Andrew Jackson's White House.
He had an eye for the telling detail Gavin Lambert, Gavin Lambert is the author of many books, including "Natalie Wood: A Life," "Nazimova" and "On Cukor."
The rhythms of a universe Robert Christgau, Robert Christgau is a senior editor at the Village Voice.
Sailing off into the great unknown John Balzar, John Balzar is a Times staff writer who interviewed Patrick O'Brian shortly before his death.
Pivotal moment at the podium Matthew Scully, Matthew Scully, author of "Dominion," until recently served as special assistant and deputy director of speechwriting for President Bush.
A Vote Against Nuclear Terror J. Peter Scoblic, J. Peter Scoblic is the executive editor of the New Republic.
U.S. Should Jump at This Chance to Resolve the Palestinian Issue Edward Abington and Amjad Atallah, Edward Abington is a former U.S. consul general in Jerusalem and a political consultant to the Palestinian Authority. Amjad Atallah is a former legal advisor to the PLO's negotiating team and to former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas' government.
Left Speechless 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.
Here's Hoping for Chaos on Tuesday Jack Rakove, Jack Rakove teaches history and political science at Stanford University and is the editor of "The Unfinished Election of 2000."
Crazy-Quilt Districts Make Your Vote Pointless Tony Quinn, Tony Quinn is co-editor of the California Target Book, a nonpartisan analysis of legislative and congressional elections. He was on the Legislature's redistricting staff in 1971 and 1981.
Let Felons Cast Ballots and Others Will Follow Sasha Abramsky, Sasha Abramsky, author of "Hard Time Blues," is working on a book about disfranchisement, to be published next year by New Press.
Stars, Sex and Gimmickry Ben Wasserstein, Ben Wasserstein is a writer in New York.