What happened on December 25, 2005
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Escaping into the past Thomas McGonigle, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov" and "Going to Patchogue."
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.
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.
Sibling castaways Erika Schickel, Erika Schickel is the author of the forthcoming "You're Not the Boss of Me."
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.
Rebirth rising from a rain of fire GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is the Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
Can we get dazzling done? Bob Sipchen, Bob Sipchen is the editor of the Current section.
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.
Our bug-eyed admirers Eve Conant, EVE CONANT, a former correspondent for Newsweek, is a writer in Sedona, Ariz.
Malling Christmas Diane Winston, Diane Winston is Knight chair in media and religion at USC. She can be reached at email@example.com.