What happened on September 19, 2004
Jewish and nearly Jewish Paul Krassner, Paul Krassner is the author of "Murder at the Conspiracy Convention and Other American Absurdities." His latest anthology is "Magic Mushrooms and Other Highs: From Toad Slime to Ecstasy."
A lesson in human nature Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.
How we grew up together Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
Searching for the light Tom Nolan, Tom Nolan is the author of "Ross Macdonald: A Biography" and editor of the forthcoming "The Couple Next Door: Collected Short Mysteries of Margaret Millar."
Remembrance of hopes past Benjamin Schwarz, Benjamin Schwarz is the literary editor and the national editor of the Atlantic Monthly.
A rogue dealer and old masters Edmund Fawcett, Edmund Fawcett is a contributor to several publications, including the (London) Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian (London) and the Royal Academy of Arts magazine.
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Who's Better in the Driver's Seat? Irwin M. Stelzer, Irwin M. Stelzer is director of energy policy studies at the Hudson Institute and a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard.
The D.C. Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight David Cole, David Cole is a law professor at Georgetown University and author of "Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism" (New Press, 2003).
Saving California Centrism Kevin Starr, Kevin Starr is University Professor of History at USC and California state librarian emeritus. His "Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003" has just been published by Alfred A. Knopf.
Who's Better in the Driver's Seat? Arthur I. Blaustein, Arthur Blaustein was chairman of the President's National Advisory Council on Economic Opportunity during the Carter administration. He is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches social and economic policy. His most recent books are "Make a Difference" and "The American Promise."
Cream of the Crop, or Mush? Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
For the Bosniaks, the U.S. Ideal Is in Ruins Lara J. Nettelfield and Sarah Wagner, Lara J. Nettelfield, a PhD candidate in political science at Columbia University, and Sarah Wagner, a PhD candidate in anthropology at Harvard University, are Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellows in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Preventable Nightmare Graham Allison, Graham Allison is director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. His new book is "Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe." For more information, see www.nuclearterror.org.
Lunch Lessons LEILAH BERNSTEIN, Leilah Bernstein is an associate editor at the magazine.
The Dream Team MARK EDWARD HARRIS, Mark Edward Harris last wrote for the magazine on the Athens Olympics marathon route.
The End of Television as We Know It Bryce Zabel, Bryce Zabel served as chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences from 2001 to 2003, the first writer in that post since Rod Serling. Zabel's current project, a miniseries adaptation of "The Poseidon Adventure," is now in production in South Africa, and he will write and produce "Fall from Grace" for USA Network.
Smashed Potatoes and Roast Beast Paul Vercammen, Paul Vercammen last wrote for the magazine about Little League all-star team selections.
They Changed Their Minds on Three Strikes. Can They Change the Voters'? Joe Domanick, Joe Domanick last wrote for the magazine about Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton. He is a Senior Fellow at USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism, and the author of "Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics of Crime in America's Golden State."