What happened on May 22, 2005
The paradox of the hedge Greg Goldin, Greg Goldin is the architecture critic at Los Angeles magazine and a contributing writer to L.A. Weekly.
Designed for living Robert Lloyd, Robert Lloyd is a Times television critic and a native Angeleno.
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Complex Issues Pull Us Together Steve Lopez, Reach the polemicist at firstname.lastname@example.org and read previous diatribes at latimes.com/lopez
Dottie Mulkey: A Profile in Courage and Humility Dana Parsons, Dana Parsons' column appears Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He can be reached at (714) 966-7821 or at email@example.com. An archive of his recent columns is at www.latimes.com/parsons.
Scornful wives, sensitive guys Laurel Maury, Laurel Maury is an occasional contributor to Book Review and an editorial assistant for the New Yorker.
The butterfly effect Seth Faison, Seth Faison, a former China correspondent for the New York Times, is the author of "South of the Clouds: Exploring the Hidden Realms of China."
Tabloid hell Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Living lives of glamour in the midst of chaos Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a regular contributor to Book Review and other publications.
Revelations from Feynman's pen George Johnson, George Johnson's seventh book, "Miss Leavitt's Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe," will be published in June.
In the beginning Michael Standaert, Michael Standaert is the author of a forthcoming book on the "Left Behind" series, "Skipping Toward Armageddon: The Politics and Propaganda of the 'Left Behind' Novels and the LaHaye Empire."
Up close and presidential Ronald Brownstein, Ronald Brownstein, The Times' national political correspondent in Washington, D.C., is the author of "The Power and the Glitter: The Hollywood-Washington Connection."
In the mouth of the Ganges Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Journey to an unknown frontier Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch is a contributing writer to Book Review. He is at work on a book about the origins of the biblical book of Revelation and its role in American history and politics.
Untidy Bowl Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Tell Us a Ripping Story, Mayor Kevin Starr, Kevin Starr, state librarian emeritus, is professor of history at USC. His latest book is "Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003."
Don't Buy the 'Peace and Love' Party Line Shintaro Ishihara, Shintaro Ishihara is the governor of Tokyo, a novelist and coauthor of books about Japan and Asia. A longer version of this article appeared last month in New Perspectives Quarterly.
Crusading iPoders for Christ Diane Winston, Diane Winston is the Knight chair in media and religion at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC and the author of "Red Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army."
We Don't Want to Bury You Tao Wenzhao, Tao Wenzhao is a senior research fellow in the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.
No Old-Age Security in the Private Sector Either Joseph E. Stiglitz, Joseph Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University, won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001.
It's a Juggernaut ... Not! Lyric Hughes Hale, Lyric Hughes Hale is CEO and publisher of China Online, a Chicago-based provider of business and economic news and analysis. She is working on a book about the monetary history of China and wrote this article last week during a trip there.
The Fugitive Murderer Who Turned Into Me Michael Finkel, Michael Finkel is the author of "True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa," published this month by HarperCollins.
In Beijing, All Roads Lead to Gridlock Sam Crane, Sam Crane teaches Chinese politics and philosophy at Williams College and is the author of "Aidan's Way."
A Teen's Cultural Revolution Xiaoye Wu, Xiaoye Wu was born in Chengdu, China, and moved to Los Angeles with his family in 2003. He is a senior at Cleveland High School in Reseda and has been accepted to UC Berkeley in the fall. He prefers to be called "Tiger."