What happened on January 30, 2005
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Reflections on a life in letters Gioconda Belli, Gioconda Belli, a poet and novelist, is the author of "The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War."
Crime fiction's 'hard-boiled' revolutionary Tom Nolan, Tom Nolan is the author of "Ross Macdonald: A Biography" and editor of Margaret Millar's "The Couple Next Door: Collected Short Mysteries."
A grand experiment in communal living Linda Yellen, Writer-director Linda Yellen's films include "Chantilly Lace," "Northern Lights" and "The Simian Line."
Noir, for the postmodernist Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of two mystery novels.
Animals have feelings too Laurel Maury, Laurel Maury is an occasional contributor to Book Review and an editorial assistant for the New Yorker.
Posh people Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.
The writing on the wall Johann Hari, Johann Hari is a columnist for the London Independent and has reported from Israel, the Palestinian territories and Iraq.
A ring and an interesting proposal Yxta Maya Murray, Yxta Maya Murray is a law professor at Loyola Law School and the author of several novels, including "What It Takes to Get to Vegas" and, most recently, "The Queen Jade."
Maimed, betrayed, forgotten Chris Hedges, Chris Hedges is the author of "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning." This essay will appear as the introduction to "Afterwar," to be published next month to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.
This Should Anger You All Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
It Works ... Seriously Andrew H. Malcolm, Andrew H. Malcolm is a Times editorial writer.
Each Vote Strikes at Terror Walter Russell Mead, Walter Russell Mead, a contributing editor to Opinion and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author, most recently, of "Power, Terror, Peace and War: America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk."
Watching the World Decide David Carroll and David Pottie, David Carroll is director and David Pottie is senior program associate of the Carter Center's Democracy Program. Since 1989, the center has observed 54 elections in 24 countries.
The Times' 'Blazing Straddle' Marc Cooper, Marc Cooper is a contributing editor to The Nation, a columnist for L.A. Weekly and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Justice and Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication.
China and Taiwan -- Polls Apart Sam Crane, Sam Crane teaches Chinese politics and philosophy at Williams College and is the author of "Aidan's Way."
When Robots Do the Killing David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is the author of "The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith" (Viking, 2004).
The Genealogy of Wall Street Crime Steve Fraser, Steve Fraser is the author of "Every Man a Speculator: A History of Wall Street in American Life" (HarperCollins, 2005).
Erase the Darfur Blood Stain From California's Pensions Barbara Lee, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) serves on the House International Relations Committee and its Africa subcommittee.
What Poor Countries Need Is Less -- but Smarter -- Aid Thomas Dichter, Thomas Dichter has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer and country director, and as a consultant to USAID, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation and others. He is the author of "Despite Good Intentions: Why Development Assistance to the Third World Has Failed" (U. Mass Press, 2003).