What happened on June 11, 2006
The Eye Of L.a. / Mark Bradford Ernest Hardy, Ernest Hardy has written for Rolling Stone, Vibe, LA Weekly and the New York Times. He is also the author of "Blood Beats: Vol. 1: Demos, Remixes & Extended Versions," a collection of cultural criticism.
AN EVER WIDER WORLD / Enrique Martinez Celaya Christian Williams, Christian Williams is a screenwriter, contributing writer for West and former arts editor at the Washington Post.
Work, Rest. Work, Stop. Michael Webb, Michael Webb is the author, most recently, of "Art/Invention/House." He is also a contributing writer for Architectural Digest.
Land a New Gig Before This One Is Done Rob Ryder, Rob Ryder is a screenwriter, technical consultant for sports-themed films and the author of the forthcoming "Hollywood Jock."
The Exploding View Gary Garrels, Gary Garrels is senior curator at the Hammer Museum.
The Day Job / Tahir Fatah Aris Janigian, Aris Janigian, a contributing writer for West, is the author of the novel "Bloodvine."
The Love Affair of Mel & Travis Gendy Alimurung, Gendy Alimurung is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.
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Tweaking the crystal meth myth Patrick Moore, PATRICK MOORE is the author of "Tweaked: A Crystal Meth Memoir" and a co-founder of the new media company 12th Street Jam. His blog, "The Principles," appears on Yahoo! Health.
Speaking Democrat Geoffrey Nunberg, GEOFFREY NUNBERG is a linguist who teaches at UC Berkeley's School of Information. His new book on politics and language, "Talking Right," will be published next month by PublicAffairs.
Eight ways to beat the heat DANIEL M. KAMMEN, DANIEL M. KAMMEN, a professor at UC Berkeley, is founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (rael.berkeley.edu.) and co-director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment.
Warming up to nuclear power George Monbiot, George Monbiot writes an environmental column for the Guardian of London (www.monbiot.com). His book "Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning" will be published in Britain in October.
Stop treating cops like perps Jack Dunphy, JACK DUNPHY is the pseudonym of a Los Angeles police officer who writes a column for National Review Online.
In this paper, heroes are MIA Frank Schaeffer, FRANK SCHAEFFER is the author of the forthcoming novel "Baby Jack" and coauthor with Kathy Roth-Douquet of "AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from the Military and How it Hurts Our Country."
Where are Iraq's Pentagon Papers? Daniel Ellsberg, Daniel Ellsberg was put on trial in 1973 for leaking the Pentagon Papers, but the case was dismissed after four months because of government misconduct.
Change fuels America's faithful GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Past the boiling point Elizabeth Kolbert, Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1999, is the author of "Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change," published earlier this year by Bloomsbury.
What would Che say? Trisha Ziff, TRISHA ZIFF, an independent curator and documentary filmmaker, is director of 212 BERLIN, a visual arts project in Mexico City.
Mexico's foreign policy: back to the future? Sergio Munoz, SERGIO MUnOZ is a former editorial writer for The Times. He is now a contributing editor to the paper, and his weekly syndicated column in Spanish appears in 20 newspapers in 12 countries.
The rush hour Antoine Wilson, Antoine Wilson is the author of the forthcoming novel "The Interloper" from Handsel Books/Other Press. He lives and surfs in L.A.
The poisoned portfolio Terry Burnham, Terry Burnham is director of economics at Acadian Asset Management and author of "Mean Markets and Lizard Brains."
Circling Jane Ciabattari, Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short-story collection "Stealing the Fire" and a member of the board of the National Book Critics Circle.
The escape artist Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Seen but not seen Paula L. Woods, Paula L. Woods is the author of the Charlotte Justice mystery series, the latest of which, "Strange Bedfellows," is partly set in Orange County.
Lipstick traces Leslie Schwartz, Leslie Schwartz is the author of the novels "Jumping the Green" and "Angels Crest." She is currently at work on a book about the U.S. juvenile justice system.
Invasion of the money snatchers Max Barry, Max Barry is the author of three novels, "Company," "Jennifer Government" and "Syrup."
Invented truths Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."