What happened on May 15, 2005
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Tale's magical trick: making the reader dissolve Rudolfo Anaya, Rudolfo Anaya is the author of numerous books and stories, including the novels "Bless Me Ultima," "Tortuga" and, most recently, "Jemez Spring."
Case crackers Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Wisdom for the ages? Hmm ... Nick Owchar, Nick Owchar is deputy editor of Book Review.
In the Rockies, creepy terrain Paula L. Woods, Paula L. Woods is the author of the Charlotte Justice mystery novels, including "Dirty Laundry" and the forthcoming "Strange Bedfellows."
When the critic met the Tramp Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is the author of many books, including a forthcoming biography of Elia Kazan.
Power of darkness, in a power suit James Sallis, James Sallis is the author of numerous books, including the forthcoming "A James Sallis Reader" and the novels "Drive" and "Cripple Creek."
What the numbers can reveal Michael Shermer, Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic Magazine, a columnist for Scientific American and the author of "The Science of Good & Evil" and "Science Friction."
A desperate will to fight John Lukacs, John Lukacs is the author of numerous books, including "The Hitler of History" and, most recently, "Democracy and Populism."
So much art in the details Charles Solomon, Charles Solomon is the author of numerous books on animation and is a frequent contributor to The Times
The men who pursued paradise in destruction Brian Michael Jenkins, Brian Michael Jenkins is the senior advisor to the president of the Rand Corp. He founded Rand's research program on terrorism in 1972.
Dark Matter Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Race Is His Magic Shield Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor of The Times, is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
A Quick Fix -- Do Your Own Dishes Victor David Hanson, Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author of "Mexifornia: A State of Becoming."
Bush Rescues the Boomers! Zev Chafets, Veteran journalist Zev Chafets is author of "The Project" (Warner Books, 1998).
Equal Treatment for L.A.'s Criminals Carol Platt Liebau, Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political analyst and guest host on KABC radio.
Read My Lips: Hire Some Conservatives Andrew Klavan, Andrew Klavan's latest novel, "Shotgun Alley," comes out in paperback from Forge in October. He can be reached at www.AndrewKlavan.com.
Geek Fun Isn't Frivolous Raph Koster, Raph Koster is the chief creative officer of Sony Online Entertainment and the author of "A Theory of Fun for Game Design."
Bratton: Cop or Candidate? Jack Dunphy, Jack Dunphy is the pseudonym for a Los Angeles police officer who writes for the National Review Online.
Going 'Bananas' in Belarus Peter Savodnik, Peter Savodnik is political editor of the Hill newspaper in Washington. He traveled to Belarus in 2004 on a German Marshall Fund fellowship.
Note to You Liberal Weenies -- Yes, the Right Really Can Write Brian C. Anderson, Brian C. Anderson is senior editor of City Journal and author of "South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias."