What happened on January 02, 2005
Rock Like a Historian Amanda H. Podany, Amanda H. Podany is a history professor at Cal Poly Pomona and coauthor, with Marni McGee, of "The Ancient Near Eastern World."
Almost Famous Robyn Norwood; Connie Monaghan; Joe Mathews; Josh Friedman; David Wharton; Jill Darling Richardson; Greg Braxton
His Life as a Dog Rachel Dowd, Rachel Dowd is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.
How to Pick an Orange? Karen Brandon, Karen Brandon is a former national correspondent for the Chicago Tribune who now lives in San Diego County.
Modernist Makeover Emily Young, Emily Young last wrote for the magazine about a Santa Barbara home inspired by Mexico's architectural traditions.
Why we should put an end to the death penalty Christopher Hitchens, Christopher Hitchens is a columnist for Vanity Fair and a visiting professor at the New School in New York. His latest collection of essays, "Love, Poverty and War," has just been published.
Remembering Susan Sontag Richard Howard, Richard Howard is the author, most recently, of "Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963-2003" and "Paper Trail: Selected Prose, 1965-2003."
History's odd women out Laurie Stone, Laurie Stone is the author of "Laughing in the Dark" and "Close to the Bone."
The passions of George Sand Benita Eisler, Benita Eisler is the author of biographies of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Lord Byron and Frederic Chopin. She is at work on a study of George Sand.
All about him Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
In search of the good life in 'a city called heaven' Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
Purpose joined with talent Patrick Giles, Patrick Giles writes about books, politics and the arts for The Times, the Village Voice, Salon.com, the New York Sun and Interview.
A life of drama in comics Laurel Maury, Laurel Maury is an occasional contributor to Book Review and an editorial assistant for the New Yorker. Her reviews have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and the South China Morning Post.
Societies' five fear factors Alfred W. Crosby, Alfred W. Crosby, professor emeritus of American studies, history and geography at the University of Texas at Austin, is the author of many books, including "The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492."
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A Year of Giving Us the Business Steve Lopez, Steve Lopez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Must Religion Equal Certainty? Dana Parsons, Dana Parsons' column appears Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He can be reached at (714) 966-7821 or at email@example.com. An archive of his recent columns is at www.latimes.com/parsons.
Knowing When to Run Kevin Krajick, Kevin Krajick, a New York-based journalist, is author of "Barren Lands: An Epic Search for Diamonds in the North American Arctic."
It's About Time Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
America Dribbles While Latvia Scores Tony Chan, Tony Chan is UCLA's dean of physical science and a professor of mathematics, and is former director of the university's Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics.
Exit Exam Flimflam John Rogers, John Rogers is associate director of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access.
Congratulations! You're About to Fail Richard Lee Colvin, Richard Lee Colvin, a former Times education writer, is director of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, Teachers College, Columbia University.
Arizona's Whiz, California's Dunce Barbara Keeler, Barbara Keeler is a writer of state reading tests and textbooks, most recently "Writing With the Five Paragraph Model."
From George W. to George W. Joseph J. Ellis, Joseph J. Ellis is the author "His Excellency" (Knopf, 2004), a biography of George Washington. His previous book, "Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation," won the Pulitzer Prize.
America's Endless Culture Wars Jacob Heilbrunn, Jacob Heilbrunn is a Times editorial writer.
The Oh-So-Bumpy Road to Bestsellerdom Alan Tennant, Alan Tennant is a Texas naturalist and author of seven books, including "On the Wing: To the Edge of the Earth With the Peregrine Falcon" (Knopf, 2004).