What happened on September 04, 2005
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The white-collar blues Wesley Yang, Wesley Yang is a critic whose work has appeared in several publications, including Salon.com and the New York Observer.
The destruction of paradise Jonathan Levi, Jonathan Levi is a founding editor of Granta magazine and the author of the novel "A Guide for the Perplexed." He is former director of the Bard Performing Arts Center.
Amid war, digging deeply Geraldine Brooks, Geraldine Brooks, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, is the author of the novels "March" and "Year of Wonders" and the nonfiction books "Nine Parts of Desire" and "Foreign Correspondence."
Beacon of conservatives Matthew Continetti, Matthew Continetti is a staff writer at the Weekly Standard.
From the pen of a poet, impressions of literary life Marc Weingarten, Marc Weingarten is the author of the forthcoming "The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion and the New Journalism Revolution."
Back to the land of myth Chitra Divakaruni, Chitra Divakaruni is the author of several novels. Her latest is "The Queen of Dreams."
Revolution of air travel Michael Haag, Michael Haag is the author of several books, including "The Rough Guide to Tutankhamun" and "Alexandria: City of Memory."
Briefly From Times staff and wire reports
Laugh or cry Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
The Skinny STEPHEN W. STROMBERG
Your money is saving students Howard Blume, Howard Blume is the senior editor of the Jewish Journal.
Goose bumps at an L.A. mosque Diane Winston, Diane Winston is the Knight chair in media and religion at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC and the author of "Red Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army."
Club Med on CrackBerry Joe Robinson, Joe Robinson is a Times staff writer and the author of "Work to Live."
A NEW New Orleans Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, an Irvine Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, is the author of "The City: A Global History" (Modern Library, 2005)
Gimme a break! John de Graaf, John de Graaf is the national coordinator of Take Back Your Time (www.timeday.org) and co-author of "Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic."
And all that jazz ... Harry Shearer, HARRY SHEARER is a satirist and actor. He has a weekly show on KCRW.
Suite deal has nuclear glow Jack Miles, JACK MILES was a member of The Times' editorial board from 1991 to 1995.
Betrayal, not bullets, is what cops fear Jack Dunphy, Jack Dunphy is the pseudonym of a Los Angeles police officer who writes a column for National Review Online.
Louisiana's poverty politics Emily Metzgar, EMILY METZGAR is a columnist for the Shreveport Times. She writes a blog at www.emilymetzgar.blogspot.com.
How does he fail Latinos? In many ways Ann Marie Tallman, ANN MARIE TALLMAN is president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a national Latino civil rights organization.
This district squanders your cash Marc Litchman, Marc Litchman is executive director of the California Trust for Public Schools.
The Art of Non-War Kathleen Miller, Kathleen Miller is a freelance writer based in San Juan Capistrano.
The Beau Brummel Stomp Christian M. Chensvold, Christian M. Chensvold last wrote for the magazine about the growing popularity of badminton in L.A.
Take Care of It Christian M. Chensvold, Christian M. Chensvold is the creator of the website dandyism.net.