What happened on October 16, 2005
Prisons can be cages or schools Joan Petersilia, JOAN PETERSILIA, a professor of criminology, law and society at UC Irvine, is the author of "When Prisoners Come Home: Parole and Prisoner Reentry." She is a visiting professor of law at Stanford Law School.
Painting a bull's-eye on China hurts U.S. Geoffrey Garrett, GEOFFREY GARRETT is president of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a professor of international relations and business administration and law at USC.
Those vile good old days Nicholas Goldberg, Nicholas Goldberg is the Op-Ed editor of the Los Angeles Times.
Shut-up Shakespeares Robert Dellinger, Robert Dellinger is currently working on a novel, "Real Deal Teal."
Nice, ja, but no schmooze-fest Helen Fessenden, Helen Fessenden, Washington editor at Eurasia Group, has just returned from Berlin as an Arthur F. Burns fellow. The views expressed above are her own.
Quake, coin, quack -- Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Off with debtors' heads? Steven E. Smith, Steven E. Smith is a Woodland Hills bankruptcy attorney and author of the blog "Idiotarian Savant."
These jampacked joints don't make you safe Joe Domanick, Joe Domanick, author of "Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics of Crime in America's Golden State," is senior fellow in criminal justice at USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism.
Minutemen, grab your hoes and march north Marc Cooper, MARC COOPER is a contributing editor to the Nation and a columnist for L.A. Weekly.
Who says money can't buy happiness? Johan Norberg, JOHAN NORBERG is a fellow at the Swedish think tank Timbro and the author of "In Defense of Global Capitalism" (Cato Institute, 2005).
The GOP's border war Tamar Jacoby, TAMAR JACOBY is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
Let those dopers be Norm Stamper, Norm Stamper is the former chief of the Seattle Police Department. He is the author of "Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing" (Nation Books, 2005).
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Click -- and it's deja vu all over again Steven G. Kellman, Steven G. Kellman teaches comparative literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio and is the author of "Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth."
A novelist gets to the heart of the matter Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
Uppity woman Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is at work on a book about the biblical Revelation and American culture and politics.
An American in Paris, and royally so Andrea Hoag, Andrea Hoag is a critic and reviewer whose work has appeared in several publications, including Publishers Weekly and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Beyond Melville the literary legend Robert Faggen, Robert Faggen is the Barton Evans and H. Andrea Neves professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College. He is the editor of the forthcoming "Selected Poems of Herman Melville."
In Realms of the Spirit Catherine Watson, Catherine Watson is a former travel editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A collection of her travel stories, "Roads Less Traveled," was published in July by Syren.
Swirl, Sip, Spit Madeline Drexler, Madeline Drexler is a Boston-based journalist and author.
Italian Spoken Here S. Irene Virbila, S. Irene Virbila is The Times' food critic.
Drop In, Tune Out JOEL SAPPELL, Joel Sappell is a Times assistant managing editor
Chica- chica- boom town Joe Robinson, Joe Robinson is a Times staff writer. He also spins bossa and samba tracks for "Brazilia," a radio station on VH1.com.