What happened on March 05, 2006
The Profiting Prophet of Playa del Rey Thomas M. Kostigen, Thomas M. Kostigen is the author of "What Money Really Means."
It's Not Who You Are That Matters, It's When [By Larry Gelbart], Larry Gelbart is a writer, producer and director. His credits include "MASH," "Tootsie" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
The Biggest, Best Open Huge on Friday Idea. Ever. Paul Mazursky, Paul Mazursky directed"Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," "Harry and Tonto" and "An Unmarried Woman."
Dishing With Sir Elton Randye Hoder, Randye Hoder has written for The Times and Wall Street Journal.
The Near-Miss Kiss Jessica Coen, Jessica Coen is co-editor of www.gawker.com.
Lucky A. M. Homes, A.M. Homes is the author of seven works of fiction.
Dusting Off the Memories Barbara Isenberg, Barbara Isenberg is the author of "State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work."
Burning Bridges Brilliantly Aris Janigian, Aris Janigian, a contributing writer to West, is the author of the novel "Bloodvine."
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Circling the Square Rebecca Solnit, Rebecca Solnit's most recent books include "A Field Guide to Getting Lost" and a new edition of "Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities."
War footing Mark Rozzo, Mark Rozzo is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Scribbling in the dark Richard Rayner, Richard Rayner is the author of several books, most recently "The Devil's Wind," a novel.
The mind's eye Shelley Jackson, Shelley Jackson is the author of "The Melancholy of Anatomy," "Patchwork Girl" and "Skin," a story published in tattoos on the skin of 2,095 volunteers. Her first novel, "Half Life," is due out in July.
Famous last words Mary Roach, Mary Roach is the author of "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" and "Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife."
The scientific method Emily Barton, Emily Barton is the author of the novels "Brookland" and "The Testament of Yves Gundron." She teaches at Eugene Lang College of the New School.
The strangers next door Sonja Bolle, Sonja Bolle is a freelance book editor. She also reviews children's books for Newsday.
Necessary fictions Amy Wilentz, Amy Wilentz is the author of "Martyrs' Crossing," a novel about Jerusalem.
The envelope, please ... Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
The perils of our play-it-safe society GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Trust, turnstiles and the underground economy D.J. Waldie, D.J. WALDIE is the author, most recently, of "Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles."
The return of the happy housewife Charlotte Allen, Charlotte Allen, author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus," co-edits the InkWell blog for the Independent Women's Forum.
In Belarus, fear and hope collide Celeste Wallander, CELESTE WALLANDER is director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Cuba's ninth-inning gamble Tim Wendel, TIM WENDEL is the author of "The New Face of Baseball" and "Castro's Curveball."
The Santa of the tropics Sergio Munoz, Former Times editorial writer SERGIO MUNOZ is a contributing editor to the paper. His weekly syndicated column in Spanish appears in 20 newspapers in 12 countries.
A whole new ballgame Jonathan Mahler, Jonathan Mahler is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the author of "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City,"which is out this month in paperback.
As blue jeans fade, so does individuality Karen Stabiner, KAREN STABINER is the author of "My Girl: Adventures With a Teen in Training."
Does democracy end tyranny? Natan Sharansky, Natan Sharansky, a distinguished fellow at the Shalem Center in Israel, is a former Soviet dissident who spent nine years in a KGB prison. Later, he served as a member of the Israeli government. He is the coauthor of "The Case for Democracy."
Atheism with a smile Diane Winston, DIANE WINSTON, Knight chair in media and religion at USC, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shiites and Sunnis -- centuries of strife Yitzhak Nakash, YITZHAK NAKASH is the author, most recently, of "Reaching for Power: The Shi'a in the Modern Arab World." He teaches Islamic and Middle East History at Brandeis University.