What happened on May 29, 2005
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If It Dies, C'est La Vie Gary Schmitt, Gary Schmitt is executive director of the Project for the New American Century, a foreign policy think tank based in Washington.
This Document Should Make America Nervous Jeanne Rubner, Jeanne Rubner is a reporter and editorial writer with the Sueddeutsche Zeitung in Munich.
Mr. Kant's Planets Come to Light Saswato R. Das, Saswato R. Das teaches introductory astronomy at La Guardia Community College of the City University of New York.
The Eternal Fear -- Kids Gone Wild Judith Shulevitz, Judith Shulevitz, the former editor of Lingua Franca, is writing a book about the Sabbath.
There's No Point in Flailing at This Pinata Wayne A. Cornelius, Wayne A. Cornelius is professor of political science and director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego. His most recent book is "Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective."
The (Culture) War of the Word Dennis Prager, Dennis Prager's nationally syndicated radio show is heard daily in Los Angeles on KRLA-AM (870). He may be contacted through his website: www.dennisprager.com.
When Court Clerks Rule David J. Garrow, David J. Garrow is the author of "Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade" and "Bearing the Cross," a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Martin Luther King Jr.
Ticking Bombs and Slippery Slopes Rosa Brooks, Rosa Brooks is an associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Inner Mullah? 'Yo' Momma!' Covered Women Might Say Ammara Durrani, Ammara Durrani is a Daniel Pearl-Alfred Friendly Press Fellow from Karachi, Pakistan, on assignment at the Los Angeles Times.
Tough Cell Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
New SAT: Write Long, Badly and Prosper Les Perelman, Les Perelman is a director of the undergraduate writing program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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."
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.
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."
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 'black gold' of the sea Kai Maristed, Kai Maristed is the author of the novels "Broken Ground," "Out After Dark" and "Fall."
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).