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What happened on January 16, 2005

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  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • Complicated capers Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a regular contributor to Book Review.

  • The California that Pat built Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, interviewed Pat Brown for New West magazine and other publications.

  • Guided tour of Kafka's Castle Melvin Jules Bukiet, Melvin Jules Bukiet is the author, most recently, of the story collection "A Faker's Dozen" and teaches literature at Sarah Lawrence College.

  • Reason to smile A. Richard Turner, A. Richard Turner, the Paulette Goddard Professor Emeritus of Art and Humanities at New York University, is the author of "Inventing Leonardo" and "Renaissance Florence: The Invention of a New Art."

  • Better for the stage than the page Susan Vreeland, Susan Vreeland is the author of several books, including, most recently, "Life Studies" and "Girl in Hyacinth Blue."

  • A class act Nicholas A. Basbanes, Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author, most recently, of "A Splendor of Letters."

  • 400-year-old joke Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.

  • The world belonged to them Nicholas Fox Weber, Nicholas Fox Weber, author of "Patron Saints" and "Balthus: A Biography," is writing a biography of Le Corbusier.

  • From troubled youth to literary legend Gerald Nicosia, Gerald Nicosia, author of "Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac" and "Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement," was the literary executor of the estate of Kerouac's daughter, Jan Kerouac.

  • A familiar tale of uprising and bloody suppression Stanley Meisler, Stanley Meisler was the Los Angeles Times' Africa correspondent, based in Kenya, from 1967 to 1973.

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