What happened on March 26, 2006
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Simon Bolivar's extreme makeover Jaime Manrique, JAIME MANRIQUE is the author of "Our Lives Are the Rivers," a historical novel about Manuela Saenz, the great love of Simon Bolivar.
What I learned at the record shop Lynell George, Lynell George is a senior writer at The Times' West magazine.
Isaiahs are in short supply Diane Winston, DIANE WINSTON, Knight chair in media and religion at USC, can be reached at dhwinstongmail.com.
Who's afraid of the `Israel Lobby'? Nicholas Goldberg, NICHOLAS GOLDBERG is editor of the Op-Ed page and the Current section.
The big world of the small screen Thomas de Zengotita, THOMAS DE ZENGOTITA, a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine, is the author of "Mediated."
Keeping the faith, globally GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Beer, broads, bikers -- and the Great Spirit Peter Nabokov, Peter Nabokov teaches at UCLA and is the author of "Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places."
Moving pictures Peter Bogdanovich, Peter Bogdanovich directed "The Last Picture Show," "Paper Moon," and "Mask," among other movies. His most recent book, "Who the Hell's in It," is just out in paperback.
Our kids need a ticket to ride Bernadette Murphy, BERNADETTE MURPHY is a regular contributor to The Times' Book Review and the co-author of "The Tao Gals Guide to Real Estate."
UC San Diego -- or prostitute college Catherine Seipp, CATHERINE SEIPP writes a weekly column for National Review Online and blogs at www.cathyseipp.net.
Mother nature's son Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Mexico City blues Karrie Higgins, Karrie Higgins is a writer in Portland, Ore.
A world of hurt Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, Daniel Kurtz-Phelan is a senior editor of Foreign Affairs.
A shipwrecked life Tod Goldberg, Tod Goldberg is the author of the short-story collection "Simplify" and the novel "Living Dead Girl."
Peep show Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch is the author of the forthcoming "A History of the End of the World: How the Bible's Most Controversial Book Changed the Course of Western Civilization."
Bleak house Paul Reyes, Paul Reyes is senior editor at the Oxford American.
Defensive postures Scott Timberg, Scott Timberg, a Calendar staff writer, is co-editor, with Dana Gioia, of "The Misread City: New Literary Los Angeles."
Found in translation Tony Cohan, Tony Cohan is the author of "On Mexican Time: A New Life in San Miguel," "Native State: A Memoir" and the forthcoming "Mexican Days: Journeys Into the Heart of Mexico."