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What happened on October 23, 2005

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  • Confessions of a playboy Steve Almond, Steve Almond is the author of "The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories" and "Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America."

  • Picking up the pieces Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

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  • Language as the leader of civilization's march Matthew Price, Matthew Price is a journalist and critic in Brooklyn, N.Y.

  • Architect of the language Ken Smith, Ken Smith has written several books, including "Junk English" and "Raw Deal: Horrible and Ironic Stories of Forgotten Americans."

  • Two kinds of pragmatist Jeffrey Rosen, Jeffrey Rosen is a law professor at George Washington University and legal affairs editor of the New Republic. He is the author of "The Naked Crowd: Reclaiming Security and Freedom in an Anxious Age" and the forthcoming book "The Most Democratic Branch: How the Courts Serve America."

  • Murder in the equation Nicholas A. Basbanes, Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of several books, including "A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books" and the forthcoming "Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World."

  • Hollywood's fellow travelers David M. Oshinsky, David M. Oshinsky is the George Littlefield professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of several books, including "A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy."

  • Crime without punishment James Marcus, James Marcus is the author of "Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut."

  • Transformative moments Nick Owchar, Nick Owchar is deputy editor of Book Review.

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