What happened on July 31, 2005
The Billion-Dollar Myth Kemp Powers is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.
Rekindled Suzanne Askren, Suzanne Askren is a freelance writer based in Orange County.
The cyberschmoozer Matthew Heller, Matthew Heller's last story for the magazine was about endangered Central Coast ranchers.
Something Wicket This Way Comes Christian M. Chensvold, Christian M. Chensvold last wrote for the magazine about a car collector.
There Will Always Be an England Andrew John Ignatius Vontz, Andrew John Ignatius Vontz last wrote for the magazine about Asian-themed nightclubs.
Simply sacred William Ecenbarger, William Ecenbarger is a freelance writer based in Lancaster, Pa.
Think Global, Eat Local Jim Robbins, Jim Robbins is a freelance writer based in Helena, Mont. He last wrote for the magazine about Butte, Mont.
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Longing to Touch the Moon and Stars Dana Parsons, Dana Parsons' can be reached at (714) 966-7821 or at email@example.com. An archive of his recent columns is at www.latimes.com/parsons.
Sweet Smell of Success Goes Sour Steve Lopez, Reach the columnist at firstname.lastname@example.org and read previous columns at www.latimes.com/lopez.
Graphic protest: Using images to sell ideology Carol A. Wells, Carol A. Wells is the founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles, the largest archive of post-World War II political posters in the U.S. www.politicalgraphics.org
The upside of being a hostage Carmela Ciuraru, Carmela Ciuraru is the editor of six anthologies of poetry, including "Motherhood: Poems About Mothers."
Human meaning in a world of ones and zeroes Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is a research director at the Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley think tank; and the author of "Empire and the Sun: Victorian Solar Eclipse Expeditions."
When mystery comes knocking Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is at work on a book about the biblical book of Revelation and its role in American politics and popular culture.
We feel her pain -- maybe a bit too much Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a staff writer and reviewer for The Times.
Hard times for tough love Gordon Marino, Gordon Marino, an assistant football coach and a former boxer, is Boldt distinguished professor in the humanities and director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at Minnesota's St. Olaf College.
Witnesses to Pol Pot's terror Warren I. Cohen, Warren I. Cohen, a professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and senior scholar in the Asia Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is the author of "The Asian American Century" and the forthcoming "America's Failing Empire: U.S. Foreign Relations Since the Cold War."
Dirty jobs Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Will, what were you really saying? Kai Maristed, Kai Maristed is the author of the novels "Broken Ground," "Out After Dark" and "Fall."
All the news that fits ... Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Shut up and drive Charles Fleming, Charles Fleming's latest novel is "After Havana" (St. Martin's Minotaur, 2004).
Revolution? What's in it for them? Dariush Zahedi and Ali Ezzatyar, Dariush Zahedi teaches in the departments of political science and international political economy at UC Berkeley. Ali Ezzatyar is a graduate student instructor specializing in Iran.
Movies just don't matter Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler, a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg, is the author of "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
'Playing with death' in Iran Azadeh Moaveni, Azadeh Moaveni is the author of "Lipstick Jihad" (Public Affairs, 2005).
A 'free market' includes labor Douglas S. Massey, Douglas S. Massey is a professor of sociology and public policy at Princeton University.
Revolution? What's in it for them? Nayereh Tohidi, Nayereh Tohidi is an associate professor of women's studies at California State University Northridge as well as a research associate at the Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA.