What happened on December 25, 2005
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God's old neighborhood Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is at work on a study of the biblical book of Revelation and its role in American politics and popular culture.
Swinging hard David French, David French wrote the liner notes for the recording "Benny Goodman: The Centennial Collection," is at work on a biography of swing-era trumpet star Ziggy Elman and is a columnist for the journal Mississippi Rag, which covers classic jazz.
Dante's world Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Too smart for their own good Laurel Maury, Laurel Maury is a contributor to Book Review and an editorial assistant at the New Yorker.
Escaping into the past Thomas McGonigle, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov" and "Going to Patchogue."
Sibling castaways Erika Schickel, Erika Schickel is the author of the forthcoming "You're Not the Boss of Me."
How about an Eid sale at Macy's? Sabiha Khan, Sabiha Khan is communications director for the Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
When a riot is a good thing Martin Kaplan, Martin Kaplan is associate dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and director of the Norman Lear Center, which studies the effect of entertainment on society.
Malling Christmas Diane Winston, Diane Winston is Knight chair in media and religion at USC. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Our bug-eyed admirers Eve Conant, EVE CONANT, a former correspondent for Newsweek, is a writer in Sedona, Ariz.
Rebirth rising from a rain of fire GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is the Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Can we get dazzling done? Bob Sipchen, Bob Sipchen is the editor of the Current section.
Beauty! Sharks! Silence! Noise! Manuel Castells, Manuel Castells, professor emeritus of city planning at UC Berkeley, holds the Wallis Annenberg chair of communication technology and society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication.
St. Snickerous Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.