What happened on February 27, 2005
The darker side of a night with Hunter S. Thompson Roberto Loiederman, Roberto Loiederman is co-author of "The Eagle Mutiny" and has written for The Times, the Baltimore Sun and other publications.
A century of onscreen dues-paying Carl Franklin, Carl Franklin is the director of numerous films, including "One False Move," "Devil in a Blue Dress," "One True Thing" and, most recently, "Out of Time."
Still digging human dignity Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Social unrealities in immigrant New York Kevin Baker, Kevin Baker is a novelist and a columnist for American Heritage. His New York City trilogy ("Dreamland," "Paradise Alley") will be completed by the forthcoming "Strivers Row."
A single destiny Paula L. Woods, Paula L. Woods is the author of the Charlotte Justice mystery series.
Stargazing for the sake of dreams Michael S. Roth, Michael S. Roth, president of the California College of Arts and Crafts, is the author of "The Ironist's Cage: Memory, Trauma and the Construction of History."
Hollywood's restless spirit Douglas Brinkley, Douglas Brinkley is distinguished professor of history and director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization at Tulane University in New Orleans and is the author of biographies on Jimmy Carter, Rosa Parks and John F. Kerry.
She had everything: The Look, stardom and Bogie Eric Lax, Eric Lax is the author of numerous books, including "Woody Allen: A Biography," "The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat" and, with A.M. Sperber, "Bogart: A Biography."
Don't Call Me 'Baby' Dan Neil, Dan Neil's column on popular culture will appear weekly.
You Get What You Vote For Sara Catania, Sara Catania last wrote for the magazine about the Compton Courthouse.
Rock, On Mary McNamara, Mary McNamara is a Times staff writer.
Shhhh . . . ! KENT BLACK, Kent Black is a freelance writer from New Mexico.
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Tensions Aired at 17 'Dialogues' Susana Enriquez, Rich Connell and Jason Felch, Times Staff Writers
Watts' Envoys Ready for Sri Lanka Steve Lopez, You can view examples of the winning photographs at www.latimes.com/watts. Steve Lopez writes Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org and read previous columns at latimes.com/lopez
At 16, She Dreams of a Role at the Oscars Dana Parsons, Dana Parsons' column appears Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He can be reached at (714) 966-7821 or at dana. email@example.com. An archive of his recent columns is at www.latimes.com/parsons.
The Muck Stops Here Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Black, Straight and Loving Oscar Jake Lamar, Jake Lamar, a novelist and journalist, is the author, most recently, of "Rendezvous Eighteenth."
Careful What You Wish For Dov S. Zakheim, Dov S. Zakheim was undersecretary of Defense (comptroller) from 2001 to 2004.
The Political Tragedy of Russia Stephen F. Cohen, Stephen F. Cohen, professor of Russian studies at New York University, is the author (with Katrina vanden Heuvel) of "Voices of Glasnost: Conversations With Gorbachev's Reformers" (W.W Norton, 1990) and, most recently, of "Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia" (W.W. Norton, 2001).
Hollywood Bio Hazards Laurence Bergreen, Laurence Bergreen is the author, most recently, of "Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe," and has written biographies of Louis Armstrong, Al Capone and Irving Berlin, among others.
Exporting Democracy Is Not for the Naive Charles Edel, Charles Edel is a research associate for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mexico Stubbornly Denies Its Dark Past Denise Dresser, Denise Dresser is a professor at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico and a former member of Mexico's Citizens' Advisory Committee to the Special Prosecutor for Crimes of the Past.
Is 'King Fu Hustle' Un-American? Christina Klein, Christina Klein is an associate professor of literature at MIT.