What happened on March 20, 2005
A lifetime of lost weekends Michael Mewshaw, Michael Mewshaw's most recent novel is "Island Tempest."
Shattering perceptions Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
Doomed to repeat it nonetheless Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Bad history between us Marvin Zonis, Marvin Zonis is a professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago and the author of "The Political Elite of Iran" as well as "Majestic Failure: The Fall of the Shah."
The light bulbs go on Mark Essig, Mark Essig is the author of "Edison and the Electric Chair: A Story of Light and Death."
Composed by, for Americans Joseph Kerman, Joseph Kerman, professor emeritus of music at UC Berkeley, is the author of many books, including "Opera as Drama," "Concerto Conversations" and the forthcoming "The Art of Fugue."
A dark gray tapestry of human frailty Melvin Jules Bukiet, Melvin Jules Bukiet is the author, most recently, of the short story collection "A Faker's Dozen" and edited the anthology "Nothing Makes You Free: Writings by Descendants of Jewish Holocaust Survivors." He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
A poet's career in reviews Diane Middlebrook, Diane Middlebrook is the author of several books, including "Her Husband: Hughes and Plath, a Marriage" and a forthcoming biography of Ovid.
A strike against those who deny the Holocaust Edmund Fawcett, Edmund Fawcett, the former literary editor for the Economist, is a contributor to several publications, including the (London) Times Literary Supplement.
Killer instinct Paula L. Woods, Paula L. Woods is the author of the Charlotte Justice mystery series, including the forthcoming "Strange Bedfellows."
The Waters Wide Dan Neil, Dan Neil's column on popular culture will appear weekly.
South America's Charm Bracelet Jerry V. Haines, Jerry V. Haines last wrote for the Travel section about Italy's Friuli region.
America at 70 mph James Dannenberg, James Dannenberg is a freelance writer living in Hawaii.
South America's Charm Bracelet By Jerry V. Haines, Jerry V. Haines last wrote for the Travel section about Italy's Friuli region
The L.A. Effect Rebecca Helm-Ropelato, Rebecca Helm-Ropelato is a freelance writer living in Lariano, Italy.
Civilization on Ice Thomas Curwen, Thomas Curwen is the editor of The Times' Outdoors section.
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World Court Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
When Courage Was Called For, She Punted Bill McKibben, Bill McKibben is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and the author of "The End of Nature" (Anchor, 1999).
How to Succeed at Vampire Slaying and Keep Your Soul Soul Jane Espenson, Jane Espenson, a TV writer and producer, has worked on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Gilmore Girls" and many other shows. She is co-executive producer of "The Inside," a Fox TV show scheduled for the fall.
Stop Dumbing Down This City David A. Abel, David A. Abel, is president of Abel & Associates, a public policy consulting firm serving public and private clients. He publishes the Planning Report and Metro Investment Report and is chairman of the organization New Schools/ Better Neighborhoods. He supported mayoral candidate Bob Hertzberg, who came in third in the recent primary election.
Smut's Insidious Threat Catharine A. MacKinnon, Catharine A. MacKinnon, professor of law at the University of Michigan, is the author of "Women's Lives, Men's Laws," just published by Harvard University Press.
Boys or Girls -- Pick Your Victim Glenn Sacks, Glenn Sacks has taught elementary school and high school, including in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and was twice named to "Who's Who Among America's Teachers." He is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and writes frequently about men's issues.
Will They Still Feed Us When We're 65? Fariborz Ghadar, Fariborz Ghadar is the William A. Schreyer Professor of Global Management Policies and Director of the Center for Global Business Studies at Penn State.
Jacko or Jay: Who's the Creepy Clown? 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."
The Courthouse Monologue of a Quintessential Noir Hero 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).