What happened on April 16, 2006
Vodka, elixir of the masses Joseph Tartakovsky, JOSEPH TARTAKOVSKY is assistant editor of the Claremont Review of Books. This piece is adapted from an article in the spring issue.
The banality of the `banality of evil' David Cesarani, DAVID CESARANI is research professor in history at Royal Holloway, University of London. "Becoming Eichmann: Rethinking the Life, Crimes and Trial of a 'Desk Murderer' " is to be published May 1.
Catholic confessions GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
No mas Mr. Underdog Andres Martinez, Andres Martinez is editorial page editor of The Times.
School management 101 Larry Cuban, LARRY CUBAN is professor emeritus of education at Stanford University and co-author, with Jane L. David, of "Cutting Through the Hype: A Taxpayer's Guide to School Reform."
Unshakeable memories David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin, book editor of The Times, is the author of "The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith."
A blessing or a purse, it's your choice Diane Winston, DIANE WINSTON, Knight chair in media and religion at USC, can be reached at dhwinstongmail.com.
Japan's quake standards fall victim to greed Michael Zielenziger, MICHAEL ZIELENZIGER, a former Tokyo-based foreign correspondent, is the author of "Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation," to be published in September by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.
How L.A. kept out a million migrants Ivan Light, IVAN LIGHT, a sociology professor at UCLA, is the author of "Deflecting Immigration: Networks, Markets, and Regulation in Los Angeles."
Makes, Models and Memories Susan Straight, Susan Straight is a contributing writer for West. Her most recent novel is "A Million Nightingales."
The Inner and Outer Landscapes Susan Heeger, Susan Heeger is a staff writer for Martha Stewart Living and has covered gardens for The Times.
Logo Mojo David Davis, David Davis is the author of "Play by Play: Los Angeles Sports Photography, 1889-1989."
Lost in Space Rick Bass, Rick Bass is the author of 22 books, including "The Lives of Rocks," to be published this fall.
Simply Surreal Ann Herold, Ann Herold is West's managing editor.
Science of Navigation Kate Braverman, Kate Braverman is the author, most recently, of "Frantic Transmissions to and From Los Angeles: An Accidental Memoir."
Even if the Limbic System Kicks in, Always Say 'Yes' Craig Mazin, Craig Mazin is a screenwriter and producer whose credits include "Scary Movie 3" and "Scary Movie 4," released Friday.
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Hidden agendas Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time and the author of many books, including "Elia Kazan: A Biography," "Matinee Idylls: Reflections on the Movies" and "Good Morning Mr. Zip Zip Zip: Movies, Memory and World War II."
Powerful aftershocks Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch is the author of 12 books, including the forthcoming "A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization."
The hand that rocks the cradle Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Anything goes Darcy Cosper, Darcy Cosper is the author of the novel "Wedding Season." She contributes frequently to Bookforum and edits the online edition of the literary journal Swink.
A lost world Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Into the light Brigitte Frase, Brigitte Frase is a contributing editor to the journal Speakeasy and to Ruminator Review.
The order of things Peter Lunenfeld, Peter Lunenfeld's most recent book, "USER: InfoTechnoDemo," was published last fall. He is a professor in the Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Honesty flying Diana Wagman, Diana Wagman is the author of the novels "Skin Deep," "Spontaneous" and "Bump."