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What happened on August 27, 2006

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  • History in the making Jim Ruland, Jim Ruland is the author of the short-story collection "Big Lonesome."

  • History's back roads Dana Johnson, Dana Johnson is the author of "Break Any Woman Down: Stories" and is an assistant professor of creative writing at UC Riverside.

  • Monster intellects Ariel Swartley, Ariel Swartley is a contributing writer and book critic for Los Angeles magazine.

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  • Sister act Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.

  • The new `normal' Steve Almond, Steve Almond is the author of several books, including "The Evil B.B. Chow: And Other Stories" and, with Julianna Baggott, "Which Brings Me to You: A Novel in Confessions."

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • The fiction issue

  • Suddenly, not the center of the world Marisa Silver, Marisa Silver is the author of the short-story collection "Babe in Paradise" and the novel "No Direction Home."

  • Playing on a bigger field Seth Greenland, Seth Greenland is the author of "The Bones."

  • Victims of circumstance Lucinda Michele Knapp, Lucinda Michele Knapp is an editor at LA Alternative Press and has written for Variety.

  • Gaming the system Erik Davis, Erik Davis is the author of "TechGnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the Age of Information" and "Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape."

  • No reservations Donna Seaman, Donna Seaman is an associate editor for Booklist, editor of the anthology "In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness" and host of the radio program "Open Books" in Chicago. Seaman's author interviews are collected in "Writers on the Air."

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