What happened on December 18, 2005
A Tempest on a Tea Cart Andy Meisler, Andy Meisler last wrote for the magazine about psychotherapist/entrepreneur George Anderson.
In My Grandmother's Wake Melissa Hart is the author of a memoir, "The Assault of Laughter" (Windstorm, 2005). She lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Something in the Air Lynell George, Lynell George is a Times staff writer.
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All this, and Lemony Snicket too Denise Hamilton, Denise Hamilton is the author of the Eve Diamond mystery series, including "Last Lullaby," "Savage Garden" and the forthcoming "Prisoner of Memory."
Mind over matter Steve Almond, Steve Almond is the author of several books, including "Candyfreak," "My Life in Heavy Metal" and "The Evil B.B. Chow: And Other Stories."
Kubrick, in action Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and a film critic for Time. His most recent book is "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
Blind to reason Gina Nahai, Gina Nahai is the author of several novels, including "Sunday's Silence" and "Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith."
The quest for nirvana Seth Faison, Seth Faison, a former China correspondent for the New York Times, is the author of "South of the Clouds: Exploring the Hidden Realms of China."
England's Irish intermediary Michael O'Donnell, Michael O'Donnell is a writer and lawyer.
The dead shall not be ignored Kai Maristed, Kai Maristed is the author of the novels "Broken Ground," "Out After Dark" and "Fall."
Don't get between the rabbit and his sword Charles Solomon, Charles Solomon is the author of many books, including "Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation," and is a frequent contributor to The Times and National Public Radio's program "Day to Day."
America kidnapped me Khaled El-Masri, KHALED EL-MASRI, a German citizen born in Lebanon, was a car salesman before he was detained in December 2003.
In China, it's powerlessness to the people Sam Crane, Sam Crane teaches Chinese politics and philosophy at Williams College and is the author of "Aidan's Way." He blogs at www.uselesstree.typepad.com.
You're killing us Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Seeing Mary all over again GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Powdered wigs, pinging devices soothe me Thomas de Zengotita, Thomas de Zengotita, a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine, is the author of "Mediated."
Training Iraqis isn't just guns and butter Nathaniel Fick, Nathaniel Fick is a former Marine captain who served in Afghanistan and Iraq and the author of "One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer."
A losing bet in Ethiopia Mike Clough, Michael Clough has worked on U.S. Africa policy for nearly three decades. Most recently, he was the Africa advocacy director for Human Rights Watch.
The wall that unites us Stephen Julius Stein, Stephen Julius Stein is a rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple and vice president of the Wilshire Center Interfaith Council.
The power that made Rosa Parks Diane Winston, Diane Winston is Knight chair in media and religion at USC. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesus skeptics on the run Charlotte Allen, Charlotte Allen is author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus." She co-edits the InkWell blog for the Independent Women's Forum.
In the mix Maria Elena Fernandez
Critics' Top 10 lists ROBERT HILBURN, KEVIN BRONSON, SOREN BAKER, DON HECKMAN, RICHARD CROMELIN, RANDY LEWIS, STEVE HOCHMAN, AGUSTIN GURZA