What happened on July 09, 2006
A Drug's Promise (or Not) of Youth Brian Alexander, Brian Alexander is a contributing editor at Glamour and writes for MSNBC, Outside and others. He is the author of "Rapture: How Biotech Became the New Religion."
To Keep or Not to Keep Your Nose Amy Wilentz, Amy Wilentz is a contributing writer for West and the author of the forthcoming book "I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger."
To Make the Sale, Embrace the Four O's of Pitching Fred Rubin, Fred Rubin was a network sitcom writer/producer for 23 years. He now teaches at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television.
Thou Shalt Not Disappoint the Wife Charlie Schroeder, Charlie Schroeder, an actor and radio producer, has written for Hemispheres, Southland Golf and Modern Humorist.
Q + A LAURIE DRAKE, Laurie Drake is a former staff writer for Vogue and has contributed to Allure and Self.
History's new verdict on the Dreyfus case Stanley Meisler, STANLEY MEISLER, a former Paris correspondent for The Times, is the author of a soon-to-be-published biography, "Kofi Annan: A Man of Peace in a World of War."
Liberal Christianity is paying for its sins Charlotte Allen, CHARLOTTE ALLEN is Catholicism editor for Beliefnet and the author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus."
Worse than you think Graham Allison, GRAHAM ALLISON, a former assistant secretary of Defense, is director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
What gridlock? Robert Bruegmann, ROBERT BRUEGMANN, a professor of art history, architecture and urban planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the author of "Sprawl: A Compact History."
Don't feed the white elephant Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation, is the author of "The City: A Global History."
60 and still a ramblin' man John Kenney, JOHN KENNEY has just finished his first novel.
When populism goes too far GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Where a beer costs $150,000 Douglas Rogers, Douglas Rogers is a Zimbabwean-born journalist based in New York City.
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Hey, Mom! Montreal ... s'il vous plait Elizabeth Mehren and Sam Butterfield, Elizabeth Mehren is The Times' New England bureau chief. Sam Butterfield is an editor at Massachusetts' Hingham High School Harborlight.
Tours & Cruises Maggie Barnett, Times Staff Writer
Final jeopardy Nick Owchar, Nick Owchar is deputy editor of Book Review.
Friends, enemies Art Winslow, Art Winslow, a former literary and executive editor of the Nation, writes frequently on books and culture.
Secret society Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic of The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Winning formula Steve Almond, Steve Almond is the author of the short story collection "The Evil B.B. Chow" and a former sportswriter for the Peninsula Times-Tribune.
Heroic, on a molecular level Sara Lippincott, Sara Lippincott is an assistant editor of Book Review.
Little tale of the prairie Kai Maristed, Kai Maristed is the author of the novels "Broken Ground," "Out After Dark" and "Fall."
Turning the tables Jerry Stahl, Jerry Stahl is the author of several books, including "Permanent Midnight: A Memoir" and the novel "I, Fatty," which has been optioned by Johnny Depp.
DIY storytelling Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter is a staff writer and "Throttle Jockey" columnist for The Times' Highway 1 section.
Slice-of-life after death Joy Nicholson, Joy Nicholson is the author of the novels "The Tribes of Palos Verdes" and "The Road to Esmeralda."
The rebels' torch is passed Phillip Lopate, Essayist and novelist Phillip Lopate is the editor of "American Movie Critics: From the Silents Until Now."
Body and soul Susan Straight, Susan Straight, a professor at UC Riverside and a former sports editor for USC's Daily Trojan, is the author of six novels, mostly recently "A Million Nightingales."