What happened on August 14, 2005
A word man from the word go Michael Henry Heim, Michael Henry Heim teaches in the department of Slavic languages and literatures and the department of comparative literature at UCLA. He translates contemporary and classical fiction from a number of languages.
'Bone People,' fishing and a search for 'Bait' Neil Hanson, Neil Hanson is the author, most recently, of "The Confident Hope of a Miracle: The True History of the Spanish Armada."
Adopted by Britain, then abandoned Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
His career was larger than life Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review, a film critic for Time magazine and the author of the forthcoming "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
Waging war over the Constitution and its framers Nicholas Thompson, Nicholas Thompson is a fellow at the New America Foundation and a contributing editor at Legal Affairs.
A mocking mea culpa Janice P. Nimura, Janice P. Nimura is a writer whose reviews have appeared in numerous publications.
A keen eye, turned inward Edmund Fawcett, Edmund Fawcett, the former literary editor for the Economist, is a contributor to several publications, including the (London) Times Literary Supplement.
Denizens of a shadow society Diana Wagman, Diana Wagman is the author of, most recently, the novel "Bump."
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Creation and Science Friction Dana Parsons, Dana Parsons' column appears Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He can be reached at (714) 966-7821 or at dana .firstname.lastname@example.org. An archive of his recent columns is at www.latimes.com/parsons.
Putting 'Dukes' to the Teen Boy Test Steve Lopez, Reach the columnist at email@example.com and read previous columns at www.latimes.com/lopez.
Tastes of honey David Lansing, David Lansing last wrote for the magazine about Smokin Jacks Kansas City BBQ.
Pretty in Pink Champagne Valli Herman, Times staff writer Valli Herman last wrote for the magazine about picnicking at the Hollywood Bowl.
Remembering John Lautner Michael Webb, Michael Webb has written 20 books on architecture and design; "Art/Invention/House" and "Adventurous Wine Architecture" will be published in October.
Banishing gay partners to the waiting room Brian O'Leary Bennett, BRIAN O'LEARY BENNETT is a member of the state board of directors of Equality California, a gay rights organization, and a member of the State Executive Committee of the California Republican Party, 1999-2005.
Peanuts and 'roids Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Bush's economic invasion of Iraq Antonia Juhasz, ANTONIA JUHASZ is a scholar with the think tank Foreign Policy In Focus. Her book "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time" will be published by Regan Books in 2006.
Are we all going mad, or are the experts crazy? Stuart A. Kirk, STUART A. KIRK is a professor of social welfare at UCLA. He is the coauthor of "The Selling of DSM" and "Making Us Crazy." His most recent book is "Mental Disorders in the Social Environment: Critical Perspectives" (Columbia University Press, 2005).
Why God hates terrorists more than gamblers Dennis Prager, Dennis Prager's nationally syndicated radio show is heard daily in Los Angeles on KRLA-AM (870). He may be contacted through his website: www.dennisprager.com.
Tom Paine, the underground press and bloggers Tom Miller, Tom Miller is the author of nine books about the Southwest and Latin America. He has written for publications including the Berkeley Barb and Smithsonian.
Hip loftsters will stay lonely, for suburbs still seduce Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation, is the author of "The City: A Global History."
If the Afghans can... J. Alexander Thier, J. Alexander Thier is director of the Project on Failed States at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. He served as legal advisor to Afghanistan's constitutional and judicial reform commissions.
A knitter's nightmare Brendan O'Leary, Brendan O'Leary, Lauder professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, is a constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan government and the co-editor of "The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq."
The Brits are right: Speak English! Carol Platt Liebau, Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political analyst and guest radio talk-show host. Her blog is at www.carolliebau.blogspot.com.
The left's eyeing your home Matt Welch, Matt Welch is an associate editor for Reason magazine.