What happened on December 24, 2006
10 myths -- and 10 truths -- about atheism Sam Harris, SAM HARRIS is the author of "The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason" and "Letter to a Christian Nation."
The spookiest of the CIA's spooks David Wise, DAVID WISE writes frequently about intelligence and espionage. He is the author of, among other books, "Molehunt: The Secret Search for Traitors that Shattered the CIA."
Think of the best toy ever Thomas de Zengotita, THOMAS DE ZENGOTITA, a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine, is the author of "Mediated."
Beijing's unlikely pal David DeVoss, DAVID DEVOSS, editor of East-West News Service, has written three books on East Asia.
Seasonal sarcasm -- Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Wolfowitz owes us an explanation Sonni Efron, Sonni Efron is an editor on the opinion pages of The Times.
Poet! Poet! Burning bright Philip Pullman, PHILIP PULLMAN is the author of many books, including "The Golden Compass," "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass," which together make up the "His Dark Materials" trilogy.
Alfredo's Aztlan Ann Japenga, Ann Japenga is a Palm Springs journalist and essayist who writes about California deserts and the West. Her work also appears in the book "The New Desert Reader."
Chairisma Barbara Thornburg, Barbara Thornburg is a senior editor for West.
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The Eternal Christmas Meets the Bottomless Pond Michael Fessier Jr., Michael Fessier Jr. has written for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and others.
Agenting for God Deborah Netburn, Deborah Netburn is an entertainment reporter for latimes.com.
The Real Deal Eryn Brown, Eryn Brown is an editorial writer for The Times.
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Behind the badge Miles Corwin, Miles Corwin is the author of "The Killing Season," "And Still We Rise" and "Homicide Special."
Control, alt, delete, quick! Erik Himmelsbach, Erik Himmelsbach is a writer and television producer. He is working on a book about the history of Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM (106.7) and the alternative-culture revolution.
Through a lens darkly Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Women, transcendent Lori Grinker, Lori Grinker, an award-winning photojournalist, is the author of "Afterwar: Veterans From a World in Conflict."
Sister morphine Lucinda Michele Knapp, Lucinda Michele Knapp was managing editor of LA Alternative Press and has written for Variety.
For you, for me, for evermore Charles McNulty, Charles McNulty is The Times' theater critic.
Peace plans John K. Roth, John K. Roth directs the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College.
Exponentially yours Edward Champion, Edward Champion, a San Francisco writer, hosts the literary blog Return of the Reluctant, which can be found at www.edrants.com.
Lines drawn from life Dana Goodyear, Dana Goodyear is an editor at the New Yorker. She is the author of the book of poems "Honey and Junk."
The meaning of home D.J. Waldie, D.J. Waldie is the author of "Where We Are Now: Notes From Los Angeles" and "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir."