What happened on March 19, 2006
Whomp, Giggle, Whee--Oh, No! Qevin Oji, Qevin Oji is a contributing writer for West. His latest play, "Euphoria's Egrets," was featured in a staged reading at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.
Inseparable Zev Chafets, Zev Chafets is the author of nine works of fiction and nonfiction. He also co-wrote the Hebrew doo-wop song "Boi Motek."
Producers Are Producers for Better or Wurst [By Michele Gendelman], Michele Gendelman has been a TV writer for 18 years and is working on projects for PBS and the Cartoon Network.
Taco Bell Nation Dagoberto Gilb, Dagoberto Gilb is the author, most recently, of "Gritos," which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.
Shop 'Til They Flop Barbara Thornburg, Barbara Thornburg is a senior editor for West.
Aqua Girl Yxta Maya Murray, Yxta Maya Murray is a professor at Loyola Law School and a novelist whose latest work is "The Queen Jade."
Dog Heaven Ann Herold, Ann Herold is the managing editor of West.
Panic attack Claire Panosian Dunavan, Claire Panosian Dunavan is professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a frequent contributor to the Book Review and Health sections.
Motherless child Stephanie Zacharek, Stephanie Zacharek is a senior writer for Salon.com.
No expiration date on genius Nick Owchar, Nick Owchar is deputy editor of Book Review.
Schlock jocks Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and a film critic for Time. His most recent book is "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
Turning up the heat Mark Svenvold, Mark Svenvold is the author of "Big Weather: Chasing Tornadoes in the Heart of America."
Empty beds Alec Wilkinson, Alec Wilkinson is the author of "Mr. Apology and Other Essays" and "My Mentor: A Young Writer's Friendship With William Maxwell."
Invisible man 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.
Winter of discontent Elizabeth Hoover, Elizabeth Hoover's work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Poets & Writers magazine.
Latin rhythms Anthony Day, Anthony Day, former editor of The Times' editorial pages, is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Muck, plus magic Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
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Pssssssst Rosemary McClure, Times Staff Writer
Taking their shots Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Korean to a tee GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Taiwan argues with itself, disturbing all David DeVoss, DAVID DEVOSS, East-West News Service editor, spent nine years in Asia as a Time magazine correspondent and bureau chief.
Dreams turned to dust David Rieff, David Rieff is the author of "At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention" and "A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis," among other books. He reports frequently from Iraq.
Thanks for everything, thanks for nothing Louis Menashe, LOUIS MENASHE teaches Russian history and film at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y., and is an associate editor of Cineaste magazine.
How the GOP messes up the House Erica Rosenberg, ERICA ROSENBERG, director of the program on public policy at Arizona State University, was on the Democratic staff of the House Resources Committee from 1999 to 2004.
Interpreting the grunts Nathaniel Fick, Former Marine Capt. Nathaniel Fick served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the author of "One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer."
I hate the Ethics Commission Bill Boyarsky, BILL BOYARSKY is a former city editor and columnist for The Times. He's a journalism lecturer at USC.
Why are we trying to reheat the Cold War? Anatol Lieven, ANATOL LIEVEN, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, is author of "America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism."
Speaking of pana po'o ... Adam Jacot de Boinod, ADAM JACOT DE BOINOD is the author of "The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words From Around the World."