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What happened on May 29, 2005

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  • Learning to heal a wounded soul Gerald Nicosia, Gerald Nicosia is the author of "Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement."

  • The tender crooner and his flip side Eric Lax, Eric Lax is the author of numerous books, including "Woody Allen: A Biography," "The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat" and, with A.M. Sperber, "Bogart: A Biography."

  • The 'black gold' of the sea Kai Maristed, Kai Maristed is the author of the novels "Broken Ground," "Out After Dark" and "Fall."

  • Sobering reality for a material girl Karen Stabiner, Karen Stabiner is the author, most recently, of "My Girl: Adventures With a Teen in Training."

  • Drawing on the truth to expose the lie Thane Rosenbaum, Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist, essayist and law professor, and the author of the novel "The Golems of Gotham."

  • A scientific giant who didn't play the game Simon Singh, Simon Singh is a science writer and broadcaster based in London. His latest book is "Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe."

  • Related offenses Mary Karr, This essay is adapted from the introduction to the forthcoming 10th anniversary edition of "The Liars' Club." Reprinted with permission by Penguin Books, a division of the Penguin Group (USA).

  • Not seeing the forest for the tree Frank Clifford, Frank Clifford, the environmental editor for The Times, is the author of "The Backbone of the World: A Portrait of the Vanishing West Along the Continental Divide."

  • Pope chronicles Father Richard P. McBrien, Father Richard P. McBrien is a professor of theology, University of Notre Dame, and the author of "Catholicism" and "Lives of the Popes." He was an on-air consultant to ABC News for its coverage of the papal death, funeral and election of a new pope.

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