What happened on January 16, 2005
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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.
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."
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.
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.
400-year-old joke Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Since When Is Greece's Culture Obscene? Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki is president of the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games.
Face Time Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Thoughts on the Unthinkable Robert Coles; Richard Rodriguez; Deborah Tannen; Carlos Fuentes; Katha Pollitt
This Inauguration Day Could Be the Start of Something Big David Hackett Fischer, David Hackett Fischer, University Professor at Brandeis University, is the author, most recently, of "Liberty and Freedom."
A Wave of Apathy Over Africa's Suffering Terry George, Terry George is the director, producer and co-writer of the movie "Hotel Rwanda." He and his partners have worked with the U.N. to establish the International Fund for Rwanda. For more information visit hotelrwanda.com.
The Homeboy Boogie Josh Kun, Josh Kun last wrote for the magazine about the changing Chicano art scene in Los Angeles.
Cirque du Chuck Andy Meisler, Andy Meisler's last story for the magazine was about the Pink Dot delivery service.
Loserville, USA Kate Hahn, Kate Hahn is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.
Swagland David Weddle, David Weddle last wrote for the magazine about his daughter's college course work in film theory.