What happened on April 09, 2006
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
The bitter truth Melvin Bukiet, Melvin Jules Bukiet is the author of seven books of fiction and the editor of three anthologies, which includes the forthcoming "Scribblers on the Roof." He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Life is sweet Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter is a Times staff writer.
Patterns of migration Mark Rozzo, Mark Rozzo is an arts writer living in New York.
Enemy of the state Art Winslow, Art Winslow, a former executive editor and literary editor of the Nation, writes frequently about books and culture.
Song of himself David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Naked lunch Patric Kuh, Patric Kuh is the restaurant critic for Los Angeles Magazine.
Under the influence Matthew Price, Matthew Price is a journalist and critic in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The road to `On the Road' Lynell George, Lynell George is a senior writer for West magazine.
Why shouldn't I change my mind? Francis Fukuyama, Francis Fukuyama is a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the author of "America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power and the Neoconservative Legacy."
The $10,000 solution Charles Murray, CHARLES MURRAY is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of "In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State" (AEI Press, 2006).
A party that likes its losers Mark Z. Barabak, MARK Z. BARABAK covers politics for The Times.
The urge to purge Todd Gitlin, Todd Gitlin is a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University and the author, most recently, of "The Intellectuals and the Flag."
Embracing her dreams Patricia Mendez, PATRICIA MENDEZ is the pseudonym of an 18-year-old senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights. .
My trip to a faraway place: L.A. Esperanza Mendez, Esperanza Mendez is the pseudonym of a 17-year-old junior at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights. This essay, along with her sister's (which appears on Page M6), was adapted from the book "Entering New Territory: Dreams for a New Los Angeles."
The pope's `patriarch' puzzle John L. Allen Jr., JOHN L. ALLEN JR. is Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and author of "The Rise of Benedict XVI."