What happened on July 23, 2006
Do the Right Thing Douglas McGray, Douglas McGray is a contributing writer for West and a fellow at the New America Foundation.
Of Flags and Men Stephen D. Gutierrez, Stephen D. Gutierrez teaches English at Cal State East Bay and is the author of "Elements," a collection of L.A.-based stories.
Six Bits and a Dab'll Do Ya Martin Booe, Martin Booe is a frequent contributor to West.
What Men Really Want Elizabeth Khuri, Elizabeth Khuri is the assistant style editor for West.
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When we talk about love Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch is the author of 11 books, including the forthcoming "A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization."
California's dust bowl Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah, Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah is a writer in Los Angeles.
Doing harm Rafael Campo, Rafael Campo, an internist and Harvard Medical School professor, is the author of "The Other Man Was Me" and "The Poetry of Healing: A Doctor's Education in Empathy, Identity, and Desire." His new book of poetry, "The Enemy," will be published in early 2007.
Artists at work Lelia Ruckenstein, Lelia Ruckenstein is a critic and the editor, with James A. O'Malley, of "Everything Irish: The History, Literature, Art, Music, People and Places of Ireland, From A to Z."
A pie in the face Mark S. Luce, Mark S. Luce lives in Kansas City, Mo., where he teaches at the Barstow School.
Delta blues Roy Hoffman, Roy Hoffman is a staff writer for the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. His most recent novel, "Chicken Dreaming Corn," about a Jewish immigrant family in early 1900s Alabama, was recently released in paperback.
Sister, sister Judith Lewis, Judith Lewis is a senior editor at LA Weekly.
Lonely town Tom Lutz, Tom Lutz, author of "Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America," directs the UC Riverside-Palm Desert MFA in writing program.
A master craftsman Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time and the author of many books, including "Elia Kazan: A Biography" and "The Essential Chaplin."
Long flat blacktop Jane Smiley, Jane Smiley's most recent book is "Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel."
The high price of being poor Matt Fellowes, MATT FELLOWES is a fellow in the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program and the author of the study "From Poverty, Opportunity."
Fighting fires in an overheated climate Patty Limerick, PATTY LIMERICK is faculty director and chairwoman of the board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado. She is a coauthor of the report "Making the Most of Science in the American West."
Coming soon: Paseo Forest Lawn Rob Long, ROB LONG, whose weekly commentary "Martini Shots" airs on KCRW-FM (89.9), is a contributing editor to National Review.
Could this be the start of WWIII? David Bosco, David Bosco is a senior editor at Foreign Policy magazine.
`Democracy' flopped. Now what? Anatol Lieven, ANATOL LIEVEN is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. His book "Ethical Realism: A Vision for America's Role in the World," coauthored with John Hulsman, will be published in September.
S. Korea's one-way affair GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
I want Falwell in my foxhole Zev Chafets, Zev Chafets, the author of nine books of fiction, media criticism and social and political commentary, is at work on a book about Christian evangelicals, American Jews and Israel.
The LAPD and the myth of the `warrior cop' Heather MacDonald, Heather MacDonald is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of "Are Cops Racist?"
My name is URL Catherine Seipp, CATHERINE SEIPP writes a weekly column for National Review Online and blogs at www.cathyseipp.net.