What happened on March 13, 2005
The Asian Edge? It's Confucius. Michael Woo, Michael Woo, a former member of the L.A. City Council, teaches urban planning at USC and is the producer of the Chinese Food Festival in L.A.'s Chinatown.
In an Era of Only One Superpower, We're All Safer Arthur Herman, Arthur Herman is the author, most recently, of "To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World" (HarperCollins, 2004).
The Tension This Time Jervey Tervalon, Jervey Tervalon is a novelist and the editor of a book about Los Angeles' 1992 riots, "The Geography of Rage" (RGB Books), and "The Cocaine Chronicles" (Akashic Books).
The White House Thinks Black Stanley Crouch, Stanley Crouch, essayist and novelist, is the author of many books, among them "The All-American Skins Game" and "The Artificial White Man: Essays on Authenticity."
New (Raw) Deal Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
We're Not a Race, but We Count Jose E. Serrano, Jose E. Serrano, a Democrat and a U.S. House member from New York, serves on the subcommittee responsible for Census Bureau funding.
Wacko Jacko's Mooch Accusers Elaine Showalter, Elaine Showalter is a cultural critic, professor emeritus of English at Princeton University and the R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Research Fellow at the Huntington Library. She is the author of "Sexual Anarchy" and, most recently, "Faculty Towers: The Academic Novel and its Discontents."
Skin-Deep: What Polls of Minorities Miss David Bositis, David Bositis is senior political analyst at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington-based research organization specializing in African American issues.
Hope Died With Chechen Rebel Leader Rajan Menon, Rajan Menon teaches international relations at Lehigh University and is a fellow at the New American Foundation.
Mixing Signals to Steal Home 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 Woman Behind the Centerfolds Amy Wallace, Amy Wallace is an editor in The Times' Business section.
The Lizard King Dan Neil, Dan Neil's column on popular culture will appear weekly.
This River James Brown, James Brown is the author of four novels and the memoir "The Los Angeles Diaries" (HarperCollins/Morrow, 2003).
Conquistador in Cleats David Davis, David Davis last wrote for the magazine about track star Allyson Felix.
Dressing Down the Primitives John Anderson, John Anderson is a critic and freelance writer based in Los Angeles.
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Riffing on the remarkable Django Reinhardt David French, David French wrote the liner notes for BMG's recording of Benny Goodman, "Centennial," and is working on a biography of Swing Era trumpet star Ziggy Elman.
Ripple effect Thomas McGonigle, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "Going to Patchogue" and "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov."
A blockbuster effect on art Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and a film critic for Time. He is the author of many books, including "Woody Allen" and a forthcoming biography of Elia Kazan.
Whitman and war -- a poet among the soldiers Mark Rozzo, Mark Rozzo writes the First Fiction column for Book Review and is a National Arts Journalism Fellow at Columbia University.
Fur and sympathy Laurie Stone, Laurie Stone is the author of "Laughing in the Dark" and "Close to the Bone."
From the losers' side of the front line Richard Zimler, Richard Zimler is the author of, most recently, "Hunting Midnight," which has been nominated for the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award, and the forthcoming novel "Guardian of the Dawn."
Blowing the dust off another Founding Father John Rhodehamel, John Rhodehamel is the Norris Foundation curator at the Huntington Library and editor of "George Washington: Writings" and "The American Revolution: Writings From the War of Independence," both from the Library of America.
Mind over gray matter Michael Gorra, Michael Gorra is an English professor at Smith College and the author of "The Bells in Their Silence: Travels Through Germany."
A utopian's re-education in realism Andrew J. Bacevich, Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of international relations at Boston University, is the author of "The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War."
Honor and the British navy Victor Davis Hanson, Victor Davis Hanson, a military historian and senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institute, is the author, most recently, of "Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think."