What happened on December 03, 2006
Why Leave Home? Barbara Thornburg, Barbara Thornburg is a senior editor for West.
Five Minutes of Madness Molly Giles, Molly Giles is the author of the novel "Iron Shoes" and the short story collections "Creek Walk and Other Stories" and "Rough Translations."
When the Gravy Train Leaves the Studio, Hop Off Joel Rapp, Joel Rapp has written for film and television. His latest book is "Radio, TV, Mother Earth and Me: Memories of a Hollywood Life."
Industrial Nightlife Chris Christensen, Chris Christensen is a former food editor for the Oregonian.
Postcard From Above Rebecca K. O'Connor, Rebecca K. O'Connor is the author of the upcoming book "A Parrot for Life: Raising and Training the Perfect Parrot Companion."
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O157: H7 Mark Arax, Mark Arax is a senior writer for West. He is the author of "In My Father's Name" and co-author of "The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire."
At Your Doorstep Elizabeth Khuri, Elizabeth Khuri is an assistant Style editor for West.
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Nothing says pretend like a palm tree GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, Gregory Rodriguez is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation. email@example.com
Punish bad acts, not bad thoughts Michael McGough, MICHAEL MCGOUGH is senior editorial writer for The Times. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wars and word games Geoffrey Nunberg, GEOFFREY NUNBERG, a linguist at UC Berkeley's School of Information, is the author of "Talking Right."
`Wise Man' or wannabe? Walter Isaacson, Walter Isaacson, chief executive of the Aspen Institute, is the coauthor with Evan Thomas of "The Wise Men" and the author of biographies of Henry Kissinger and Benjamin Franklin. His biography of Albert Einstein will be published in April.
Job No. 1: Remake Mexico Denise Dresser, DENISE DRESSER is a columnist for the Mexican newspaper Reforma and a professor at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico.
Calderon's daunting to-do list Jorge G. Castaneda, Jorge G. Castaneda is a former foreign minister of Mexico and a professor of politics and Latin American studies at New York University.
Alphabet soup Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Affirmative action is in his hands Edward Lazarus, EDWARD LAZARUS, a lawyer in private practice, is the author of "Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall and Future of the Modern Supreme Court."
Rebuilding the middle class Joel Kotkin and David Friedman, JOEL KOTKIN is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of "The City: A Global History." DAVID FRIEDMAN is also a senior fellow at the foundation.
Meanings of life Susan Salter Reynolds, email@example.com Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pagan truths Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch is the author of, most recently, "A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization."
Masters and commanders Nicholas A. Basbanes, Nicholas A. Basbanes, the author of five works of nonfiction, served as a naval officer aboard the aircraft carrier Oriskany during the Vietnam War.
Hollywood's iron man Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is the author of many books, including most recently "Elia Kazan: A Biography," now available in paperback, and "The Essential Chaplin."
Boys' club Veronique de Turenne, Veronique de Turenne is the book critic for National Public Radio's "Day to Day."
When it was good ... Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Gideon Lewis-Kraus is a San Francisco-based writer and critic.
The empathy crisis Steve Almond, Steve Almond is the author of the short story collections "My Life in Heavy Metal" and "The Evil B.B. Chow."
Smoke screen Gavin Grant, Gavin Grant is a co-editor, with Kelly Link and Ellen Datlow, of the annual anthology "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror."
Warts, wormholes and all Nicholas Delbanco, Nicholas Delbanco is the Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan and the author of, most recently, "Spring and Fall: A Novel."
The passion of Uncle Tom Erin Aubry Kaplan, Erin Aubry Kaplan is a weekly Op-Ed columnist for The Times and a former staff writer for LA Weekly. She writes chiefly about race, politics and culture.