What happened on May 28, 2006
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Tough love Sven Birkerts, Sven Birkerts, editor of the journal AGNI at Boston University, is the author of "The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age."
Heavy mettle David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Honor thy mother Michael Mewshaw, Michael Mewshaw's most recent book is "If You Could See Me Now: A Chronicle of Identity and Adoption."
Lost in the male Deborah Vankin, Deborah Vankin is a senior editor at Variety.
September mourn Art Winslow, Art Winslow, a former executive editor and literary editor of the Nation, writes frequently on books and culture.
Pressure cooker Michelle Huneven, Michelle Huneven is a former restaurant critic and author of the novels "Jamesland" and "Round Rock."
Fanning the flames Stephen J. Pyne, Stephen J. Pyne is a professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University and the author of a dozen books on fire history and management, most recently "Tending Fire."
Empty calories Joshua Davis, Joshua Davis has spent the last four years competing in outlandish contests, an experience he recounts in "The Underdog."
The bourgeois blues Erika Schickel, Erika Schickel is the author of the forthcoming "You're Not the Boss of Me."
Hecho en Mexico Joy Nicholson, Joy Nicholson is the author of the novels "The Tribes of Palos Verdes" and "The Road to Esmeralda."
Just call me Mister Environmental Disaster Mike Armstrong, MIKE ARMSTRONG writes screenplays and television scripts in Los Angeles.
Oh no, another election already! Tony Quinn, TONY QUINN is co-editor of the California Target Book, a nonpartisan analysis of legislative and congressional elections.
What Darwin has to say about bird flu Wendy Orent, WENDY ORENT is the author of "Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World's Most Dangerous Disease."
He said he'd be baaaack Lou Cannon, LOU CANNON is the author of five books on Ronald Reagan, most recently "Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power."
If you build it, they'll come anyway Wayne A. Cornelius, WAYNE A. CORNELIUS is director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego and coauthor of "Impacts of U.S. Immigration Control Policies on Mexican Migration: The View from Sending Communities."
Quit taxing the rich to fund your pet projects Michael J. Boskin, MICHAEL J. BOSKIN, chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisors from 1989 to 1993, is a professor of economics at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.
A city of sun, wrapped in gloom D.J. Waldie, D.J. WALDIE is the author of "Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles."
Disgracing a priest and second-guessing a pope Jason Berry, Jason Berry is coauthor, with Gerald Renner, of "Vows of Silence." He is directing a documentary based on the book's account of the Maciel saga.
Return of the liberal hawks Jacob Heilbrunn, Jacob Heilbrunn, a former Times editorial writer, is writing a book on neoconservatism.
What it means to be German GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.