What happened on May 14, 2006
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Why Charlie Kaufman Is Us David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is The Times' book editor and the author of "The Myth of Solid Ground."
This Is Our Best Rule Yet. Really. We Swear. Jennifer Castle, Jennifer Castle is the creator and executive producer of "It's My Life," the PBS website for 8- to 13-year-old "tweens."
By the Way Kelly Simon, Kelly Simon was the recipient of the Lowell Thomas award for travel writing. She died in 2004.
Growth Mona Gable, Mona Gable has written for The Times, Child and Salon.
Pie Goes Bananas Martin Booe, Martin Booe has contributed to Bon Appetit and is the co-author of the cookbook "Crave" with French chef Ludo Lefebvre.
A Party Divided? Peter Savodnik, Peter Savodnik is the Moscow Times' political editor.
Starck on Stark Michael Webb, Michael Webb is the author, most recently, of "Art/Invention/House." He is also a contributing writer for Architectural Digest.
A historian who saw the future David S. Brown, DAVID S. BROWN is an associate professor of history at Elizabethtown College and author of "Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography," published last month.
Getting values for your money Kelly Candaele, KELLY CANDAELE is a trustee of the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System.
It's hell in Darfur, but is it genocide? Michael Clough, From 1987 until 1996, MICHAEL CLOUGH was director of the Africa program at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of "Free at Last? United States Policy Toward Africa and the End of the Cold War."
You don't belong on Wall Street Kyle Pope, Kyle Pope, a former senior editor at the now-defunct Inside.com, writes about media and business.
A bull's-eye on Pelosi Ross K. Baker, ROSS K. BAKER is a professor of political science at Rutgers University.
Forget mommy wars, try martinis Brett Paesel, BRETT PAESEL'S book, "Mommies Who Drink," will be published this summer.
Bright and wrong Bruce Kuklick, BRUCE KUKLICK is a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of the new book "Blind Oracles: Intellectuals and War From Kennan to Kissinger."
Why Perth is booming Joel Kotkin, JOEL KOTKIN, an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation, is the author of "The City: A Global History."
A hot paper muzzles academia Eve Fairbanks, Eve Fairbanks works at the New Republic as a reporter-researcher.
End Run Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The art of omission Emily Barton, Emily Barton is the author of the novels "Brookland" and "The Testament of Yves Gundron."
Barefoot and poignant Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time and the author of many books, including "Elia Kazan: A Biography," and editor of the forthcoming "The Essential Chaplin."
Love's labors Louisa Thomas, Louisa Thomas is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker.
Lost in the cosmos Michael Sims, Michael Sims' most recent book is "Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form."
View from the floor Steve Almond, Steve Almond is the author of four books, including "The Evil B.B. Chow & Other Stories."
Life is beautiful Veronique de Turenne, Veronique de Turenne is book critic for NPR's "Day to Day."
A Spicoli state of mind Matthew Price, Matthew Price, a former video store clerk, is a critic who writes for a variety of publications.
Persistence of memory Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is the author of the novel "The Suitors."
Testing the limits Jon Meacham, Jon Meacham, managing editor of Newsweek, is the author of "American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation."
Uncommon sense Mark Luce, Mark Luce teaches English at the Barstow School in Kansas City, Mo., and at the University of Kansas.