What happened on December 31, 2006
The day the music died Peter Terzian, Peter Terzian, a senior editor at Culture & Travel magazine, is a longtime critic and pop music aficionado.
One from the heart 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."
Simplicity savored Emily Barton, Emily Barton's most recent novel is "Brookland."
Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hollywood flyover Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time and the author of many books, including "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
To do in 2007 Al Young, Al Young is California's poet laureate and the author or editor of more than 20 books, including "Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons: Poems 2001-2006."
Trapped in English suburbia Jane Smiley, Jane Smiley's new novel, "Ten Days in the Hills," will be published in February.
Wolf on the prowl Diana Wagman, Diana Wagman, a professor at Cal State Long Beach, is the author of the novels "Skin Deep," "Spontaneous" and "Bump."
Revenge, by the book Darcy Cosper, Darcy Cosper contributes to publications including Bookforum and Time Out New York.
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Final lines Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Bound for the dumpster in 2007 T. Jefferson Parker, T. JEFFERSON PARKER is the Edgar Award-winning author of 13 crime novels, including "Storm Runners," to be published by William Morrow & Co. in February.
An Rx for disaster Michael R. Cousineau, MICHAEL R. COUSINEAU is associate professor of research and the director of the Center for Community Health Studies at the USC Keck School of Medicine.
Keeping faith with a bloody tradition Christopher Hitchens, CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS is a columnist for Vanity Fair and the author of "A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq."
Calendar guy Robert Greene, ROBERT GREENE is an editorial writer for The Times.
Ring it in, I'm ready Barbara Seranella, BARBARA SERANELLA is the author of eight crime novels. St. Martin's Minotaur will publish the ninth, "Deadman's Switch," in 2007. She lives in Laguna Beach and La Quinta.
Why Arnold invited Willie Brown James Richardson, JAMES RICHARDSON, chaplain of the state Senate, is the author of "Willie Brown: A Biography."
5 steps to get out of skid row Gary Blasi, Michael Dear and Jennifer Wolch, GARY BLASI is a professor of law at UCLA Law School; MICHAEL DEAR is a professor of geography at USC; and JENNIFER WOLCH is a professor of geography and director of the USC Center for Sustainable Cities. Their new report on homelessness in Los Angeles will be published next week.
Duke attempts damage control Michael Skube, MICHAEL SKUBE, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, teaches journalism at Elon University in North Carolina.