What happened on November 06, 2005
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
American Spud-nik David Lansing, David Lansing is a frequent contributor to the magazine's Style section.
Pantry Check Rebecca K. O'Connor, Rebecca K. O'Connor is a freelance writer living in Banning.
( the handmade life ) Gendy Alimurung, Gendy Alimurung is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles
Man's Best Friend, and More CHUCK GILKISON, Chuck Gilkison is a writer living in Portland, Ore.
Just Look AKIVA GOTTLIEB, Akiva Gottlieb lives in New York City and writes about film for the Village Voice.
Sleeping beauty Gene H. Bell-Villada, Gene H. Bell-Villada, who teaches Spanish at Williams College, is the author of several books, including "Garcia Marquez: The Man and His Work" and a memoir, "Overseas American: Growing Up Gringo in the Tropics."
Agent provocateur John Rechy, John Rechy is the author of many novels; his most recent book is "Beneath the Skin: The Collected Essays."
An Irish passion for the language Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Grand illusions Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, Daniel Kurtz-Phelan is an associate editor at Foreign Affairs magazine.
Love among the ruins Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a regular contributor to Book Review and other publications.
A smarty-pants compendium Erik Himmelsbach, Erik Himmelsbach is a writer and television producer. He is currently working on a book about the history of Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM and the alternative-culture revolution.
Boy to man, and back again Jack Miles, Jack Miles is senior advisor to the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
Poetry of second glances Peter Filkins, Peter Filkins is the translator of Ingeborg Bachmann's collected poems, "Darkness Spoken," due out in January. He teaches at Simon's Rock College of Bard, in Great Barrington, Mass.
From books to virgins Irshad Manji, IRSHAD MANJI is the author of "The Trouble With Islam Today" (St. Martin's Press) and is making a film about what there is to love within Islam. A version of this essay appeared in the Times of London.
Rogues, despots, terrorists and shattered ideals -- the movie version Ron Silver and David N. Bossie, Ron Silver is an actor who lives in New York City. David N. Bossie is the president of the Citizens United Foundation. They are the executive producers of "Broken Promises, The United Nations at 60."
Watching ourselves steal cars Thomas de Zengotita, Thomas de Zengotita is a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine. He is the author of "Mediated" and teaches at New York University.
It works well. Tweak it. Stanley Meisler, Stanley Meisler, who covered the U.N. for the Los Angeles Times during the 1990s, is the author of "United Nations: The First Fifty Years." He is currently writing a biography of Kofi Annan.
The art of satire Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Wild horses couldn't drag them off stage Tom Chaffin, TOM CHAFFIN's latest book, "Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider 'Shenandoah,' " is due from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in February.
Out of the closet, out of the pulpit Beth Stroud, BETH STROUD was associate pastor at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia before being defrocked last week. She continues to serve there as a lay minister.
Times' Dodger coverage: It's low, in the dirt Matt Welch, Matt Welch is associate editor and media columnist for Reason magazine (reason.com) and maintains a weblog at mattwelch.com.
Elia Kazan, complexity monger Richard Schickel, RICHARD SCHICKEL is a film critic for Time and a contributing writer to The Times Book Review. His new book, "Elia Kazan: A Biography," is out this month from HarperCollins.
Does this transit elbow out the masses? Caitlin Liu, Caitlin Liu covers transportation for The Times. She can be reached at Caitlin.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direct from Rousseau to Arnold M. Dane Waters, M. DANE WATERS chairs the Initiative and Referendum Institute at USC.