What happened on January 09, 2005
The new Chicano movement Josh Kun, Josh Kun is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and cultural critic whose last story for the magazine was about the music and art scene in Tijuana.
Leaving Las Vegas Murray Olderman, Murray Olderman last wrote for the magazine about the Palm Springs Follies.
Back to Basics RUSS PARSONS, Russ Parsons is a columnist for The Times' Food section.
Checking Your Baggage Jan Worth, Jan Worth is a freelance writer based in Flint, Mich.
The House of Today, Tomorrow Nancy Rommelmann, Nancy Rommelmann writes from the West Coast on culture and food.
To Love, Honor and Belly-Scratch Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Sanjiv Bhattacharya's last story for the magazine was about the human need for speed.
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A Hair Too Far Outside the Zone Michael Lewis, Michael Lewis is the author, most recently, of "Moneyball."
Live! Nude! Girls! -- Low Pay! Exploitation! Rachel Shteir, Rachel Shteir is the author of "Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show" (Oxford University Press, 2004).
Gandhi, King and the Elastic Sheik Mark LeVine, Mark LeVine, who teaches Middle Eastern history at UC Irvine, is the author of the forthcoming "Why They Don't Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil" and co-editor of "Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation."
First, the Sorrow Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Can Mandela's AIDS Message Pierce the Walls of Shame? Tony Leon, Tony Leon, as head of the Democratic Alliance, leads the opposition in the South African Parliament.
The Cats of War Ranan R. Lurie, Ranan R. Lurie is a senior associate at the Center of Strategic International Studies in Washington, and a syndicated columnist and political cartoonist.
The Birth Pangs of Arab Democracy Joshua Muravchik, Joshua Muravchik is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
Russia's Downhill Slide to Dictatorship Niall Ferguson, Niall Ferguson, a professor of history at Harvard University and a senior research fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, is the author of "Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire" (Penguin, 2004).
Leopards and Cougars, India and L.A. David Baron, David Baron, author of "The Beast in the Garden" (Norton, 2003), visited India in December on a U.S. State Department speaker and specialist grant.
Doctor's Orders -- Spill Your Guts M. Gregg Bloche and Jonathan H. Marks, M. Gregg Bloche is professor of law at Georgetown University and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. Jonathan H. Marks is a London barrister and Greenwall fellow in bioethics at Georgetown University Law Center and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. This article draws from a piece that appears in the current New England Journal of Medicine.
The Buddha antidote Jeffrey Paine, Jeffery Paine is the author of, most recently, "Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West" and the editor of "Adventures With the Buddha: A Buddhism Reader."
Stylish miniatures Richard Eder, Richard Eder, the former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
A first step toward the truth Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and a film critic for Time.
Into the realm of politics and espionage Leslie S. Klinger, Leslie S. Klinger is the editor of "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes."
Abolitionism unshackled Robin Blackburn, Robin Blackburn is the author of "The Making of New World Slavery" and "The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery." He is a member of the graduate faculty of the New School University, New York.
A sex scandal 225 years in the making Andrew Scull, Andrew Scull is the author of the forthcoming book "Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine."
The eventual pull, like gravity, of Newton's ideas Theodore K. Rabb, Theodore K. Rabb, a professor of history at Princeton University, is the author, most recently, of "Renaissance Lives: Portraits of an Age."
Hello, darling! A diva gets her due John Rechy, John Rechy is the author of "City of Night," "The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens" and the forthcoming "Beneath the Skin: Collected Essays."