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What happened on July 23, 2006

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  • California's dust bowl Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah, Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah is a writer in Los Angeles.

  • 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."

  • 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.

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  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • 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."

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