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.
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.
The great GOP spat -- of 1916 Ralph E. Shaffer, RALPH E. SHAFFER is a professor emeritus of history at Cal Poly Pomona. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
L.A., the king of sprawl? Not at all Robert Bruegmann, ROBERT BRUEGMANN, professor of architecture, art history and urban planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago and chair of the art history department, is the author of "Sprawl: A Compact History," published this month by the University of Chicago Press.
Drawn-out conflicts Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Inside the minds of monks and moms Katherine Ellison, KATHERINE ELLISON is the author of "The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter" (Basic Books, 2005). Her website is www.themommybrain.com.
Close schools, open playlands Jervey Tervalon, Jervey Tervalon is a novelist and co-editor of "The Cocaine Chronicles."
Time to help an ally in need Anatol Lieven and Rajan Menon, ANATOL LIEVEN is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. RAJAN MENON, also a senior fellow at the foundation, is a professor of international relations at Lehigh University.
Plot line: Drink Pepsi! John Furia Jr., John Furia Jr. is a former president of the Writers Guild of America West, a professor and founding chairman of the division of writing in the School of Cinema-Television at USC, and a TV writer.
The rich get smarter Peter Hong, Peter Hong is a Times staff writer.
Redemption, God, a Crip and the 'Rapture index' Diane Winston, Diane Winston, Knight chair of media and religion at USC, can be reached at email@example.com.
Times thinks public schools have cooties Sandra Tsing Loh, Sandra Tsing Loh's current show, "Mother on Fire," is playing at the 24th St. Theater. Her commentaries can be heard on KPCC-FM (89.3).
Hey, stupid, this is not an ad Michael Levine, MICHAEL LEVINE is the head of an L.A.-based public relations and marketing firm and the author of numerous books, including "Guerrilla PR," "A Branded World" and his latest, "Broken Windows, Broken Business."
What's a corrupt election among friends? Michael McFaul and Chingiz F. Mammadov, Michael McFaul is a Hoover Institution senior fellow and professor of political science at Stanford University. Chingiz F. Mammadov is director of the independent research center Vatan in Baku.
San Bernardino, Fresno, Chico ... these universities save the state Kevin Starr, Kevin Starr, state librarian emeritus, is a university professor and professor of history at USC. His latest book, "California: A History," was published this month.
Sure, it kills birds, but it won't kill you Wendy Orent, Wendy Orent is the author of "Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World's Most Dangerous Disease."
Orange Revolution turns to rot Oles M. Smolansky and Rajan Menon, Oles M. Smolansky is university professor emeritus of international relations at Lehigh University. Rajan Menon is the Monroe J. Rathbone professor of international relations at Lehigh and a fellow at the New America Foundation.
Trouble in Paradise Matthew Heller, Matthew Heller's last story for the magazine was about well-compensated activists for the disabled.
Through My Window Joe Honig, Joe Honig is a freelance writer based in Santa Monica.
Towers of Power Sara Catania, Sara Catania last wrote for the magazine on L.A.'s mayoral blues.
Shabbat Deborah Netburn, Deborah Netburn last wrote for the magazine about Allan Heinberg, a TV writer-turned-comic book author.