What happened on June 25, 2006
The Crossing Ruben Martinez, Ruben Martinez is the author of "Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail" and "The New Americans: Seven Families Journey to Another Country." This adapted excerpt is from Ruben Martinez's upcoming book, "Burning Sand" (Metropolitan Books). Copyright 2006 by Ruben Martinez.
To the Meadow Born Ann Herold, Ann Herold is West's managing editor.
In Television, as in Life, Timing Is Everything Seth Greenland, Seth Greenland has written for film, television and the theater. He is also the author of the novel "The Bones."
Rebel Rebel Martin Dugard, Martin Dugard is the author of "Chasing Lance" and "The Last Voyage of Columbus."
I Remember Rosemary Fishman Josh Deutchman, Josh Deutchman has appeared in the literary quarterly "Prairie Schooner."
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A lethal homecoming Thane Rosenbaum, The son of Holocaust survivors, Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist, essayist and law professor and the author of the post-Holocaust trilogy, "The Golems of Gotham," "Second Hand Smoke" and "Elijah Visible."
Imitation of life Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Dangerous liaisons Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a critic whose work has appeared in several publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor.
Strangers and friends Gene H. Bell-Villada, Gene H. Bell-Villada is the author of several books, including "Garcia Marquez: The Man and His Work" and "Overseas American: Growing Up Gringo in the Tropics."
Clearly magic 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."
The great sermonizer Emily Barton, Emily Barton lives six blocks from Henry Ward Beecher's Plymouth Church. For three years, she worked on a novel about the minister, but later abandoned that project to write the novel "Brookland," which, while not about Beecher, does crib from one of his sermons.
Cirque du surreal Regina Marler, Regina Marler is the editor of "Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America On to Sex."
The trouble with paradise Erik Himmelsbach, Erik Himmelsbach, a writer and television producer, is at work on a book about the history of Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM and the alternative-culture revolution.
A modest proposal David J. Garrow, David J. Garrow, a senior fellow at Homerton College, University of Cambridge, is the author of "Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade."
Color blind Erin Aubry Kaplan, Erin Aubry Kaplan is a weekly Op-Ed columnist for The Times and a former staff writer for LA Weekly. She writes chiefly about race, politics and culture.
Thanks for nothing, Nino Samuel Walker, SAMUEL WALKER is professor emeritus of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has written 13 books on policing and civil liberties, and he served as a consultant to the Justice Department in two lawsuits against local police departments.
Meet Islam's Ann Coulter Stephen Julius Stein, STEPHEN JULIUS STEIN is a rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, where he also directs inter-religious programming.
The snake pit Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
The GOP knows you don't like anchovies Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger, Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger cover national politics for The Times. Their book, "One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century," will be published in July (www.onepartycountry.com).
In the hallowed halls of bookstores GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
The mayor's bad deal Roy Romer, ROY ROMER is superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Peas in our time Robert Gottlieb, ROBERT GOTTLIEB is professor of urban and environmental policy and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College.
The U.S. and Iran: Where did the love go? Azadeh Moaveni, Azadeh Moaveni is the author of "Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran" (PublicAffairs). She lives in Tehran and writes for Time magazine.
Superman's identity crisis Gerard Jones, GERARD JONES is the author of "Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book" (Basic Books) and a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.
Goodbye, friend Anne Lamott, Anne Lamott is a novelist and essayist. Her latest book is "Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith," recently released in paperback.