What happened on January 23, 2005
Off the Road Leo W. Banks, Leo W. Banks last wrote for the magazine about a Catholic priest who broadcasts a radio show on the Navajos.
Party Palace KT Harris last wrote for the magazine about the Bouroullec brothers.
Love After Death Jo Giese, Jo Giese is a special correspondent on "Marketplace," public radio's daily business program, and a contributor to "This American Life." She is working on "A Starbucks Romance," a memoir.
The Incredible Journey Robert Salladay, Staff writer Robert Salladay is based in The Times' Sacramento bureau.
Going Home Deborah Netburn, Deborah Netburn's last story for The Times, on denim guru Norm Adams, ran in the Calendar section.
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Too Few Women -- Figure It Out Leonard Sax, Leonard Sax is the author of "Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Differences," to be published by Doubleday next month.
Shiites Are Coming, Shiites Are Coming David Hirst, David Hirst was the Guardian's Middle East correspondent from 1963 to 1997. He is the author of "The Gun and the Olive Branch: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East" (Nation Books, 2003).
War Baby Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Cover the Terror War as a War Hugh Hewitt, Hugh Hewitt hosts a nationally syndicated radio talk show. His new book is "Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That Is Changing Your World." His blog is www.HughHewitt.com.
Keep Moving Forward, Keep Moving Left Robert Gottlieb and Regina Freer, Robert Gottlieb and Regina Freer are professors at Occidental College and two of the co-authors of "The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City" (UC Press).
Oscar Crunches the Numbers Steve Pond, Steve Pond is the author of "The Big Show: High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards" (Faber and Faber, 2005).
The Devil's Child Meets Dumbo MICHAEL LEWIS, Michael Lewis is the author, most recently, of "Moneyball."
Stop L.A.'s Crime Engine Joe Domanick, Joe Domanick is a senior fellow in criminal justice at USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism and author of "Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics of Crime in America's Golden State."
No surprise Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Oedipal journey Richard Eder, Richard Eder, the former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Gray Lady and a Greek tragedy Orville Schell, Orville Schell is dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.
A spy thriller with nuances Denise Hamilton, Denise Hamilton is the author of the Eve Diamond crime novels, including "Last Lullaby" and the forthcoming "Savage Garden."
'Foot soldiers' in America's space race Fred E.C. Culick, Fred E.C. Culick, emeritus Hayman professor of mechanical engineering at Caltech, is the author of "On Great White Wings: The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight."
The transformation of the European mind Karen Armstrong, Karen Armstrong is the author of many books, including "The Battle for God," "Islam: A Short History" and "The Spiral Staircase."
Philip's folly Anthony Pagden, Anthony Pagden is a professor of history and political science at UCLA and the author of many books, including "Peoples and Empires."
Scoundrels and salesmen David Freeman, David Freeman is a screenwriter and the author most recently of the novel "It's All True," which was named one of the best books of 2004 by Book Review.
Critical empathy Graham Robb, Graham Robb is the author of "Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century."
From the barren desert, a booming metropolis Sally Denton, Sally Denton is the author of "American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows" and the forthcoming "Faith and Betrayal: A Pioneer Woman's Passage in the American West," and co-author of "The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America."