What happened on November 27, 2005
A Family Interrupted Matt Bai, Matt Bai is a Washington-based writer for the New York Times Magazine. This essay was adapted from the anthology "I Married My Mother-In-Law," edited by Ilena Silverman, to be published in January. Copyright 2005 by Matt Bai. Reprinted by arrangement with Riverhead Books.
The Upside of Orphanages Michael D'Antonio, Michael D'Antonio's last story for the magazine was about a man who claims to be the Lindbergh baby.
Home (In)Security David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is Book Editor of The Times.
Shame-Broiled Steak Veronica Chater, Veronica Chater is a freelance writer based in Berkeley and a frequent contributor to Public Radio International's "This American Life."
Extinction Along Interstate 10 Martin J. Smith, Martin J. Smith is acting editor of the magazine and the author of five books, including "OOPS: 20 Life Lessons from the Fiascoes That Shaped America," which HarperCollins will publish in March.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Life and death and Samuel Alito Goodwin Liu, GOODWIN LIU is a law professor at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall.
The leftist Bush should appreciate Jo-Ann Mort, Jo-Ann Mort writes frequently about Israel and is coauthor of "Our Hearts Invented a Place: Can Kibbutzim Survive in Today's Israel?"
An attitude of gratitude GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Tyrants on trial Mary Bridges, Mary Bridges writes frequently on legal and international issues.
America's dance with a devil Susan Zakin, Susan Zakin was a Heinz Fellow in Africa in 2001, and she spent a month in Sierra Leone this summer. She is the editor of "Naked: Writers Uncover the Way We Live on Earth."
Dropping the ball on college bowls Les Robinson, Les Robinson, former head basketball coach and athletic director at North Carolina State University, is athletic director at The Citadel.
Blazing paper trails Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
The Times is blind to bulldozers flattening homes Matt Welch, Matt Welch is associate editor and media columnist for Reason magazine (reason.com) and maintains a blog at mattwelch.com.
'Hood goes corporate Mimi Valdes, Mimi Valdes is editor in chief of Vibe.
The NBA's bling ban: looking good Gary Phillips, Gary Phillips' latest efforts include co-editing the "Cocaine Chronicles" and "Monkology," a collection of his Ivan Monk private-eye stories.
Sweet surrender Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Sons of war Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is working on a study of the biblical book of Revelation and its role in U.S. politics and pop culture.
Collateral damage Susan Straight, Susan Straight is the author of "I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots" and "Highwire Moon." Her new novel, "A Million Nightingales," will be published in March.
The Next Big Thing? Gregory Benford, Gregory Benford is a professor of physics at UC Irvine and the author of "Deep Time: How Humanity Communicates Across Millennia."
Apollo's rationalist M.G. Lord, M.G. Lord's latest book is "Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science."
Channeling Kafka Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
The political and the personal Ruth Rosen, Ruth Rosen, professor emeritus at UC Davis and senior fellow at the Longview Institute, is the author, most recently, of "The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America."
Elemental verse Eloise Klein Healy, Eloise Klein Healy's most recent book is "Passing." She is co-founder of Eco-Arts, an ecotourism/arts venture, and founding chair of the MFA in creative writing program at Antioch University Los Angeles.