What happened on October 08, 2006
Hooked on a myth Victoria Braithwaite, VICTORIA BRAITHWAITE, a behavioral biologist at Edinburgh University, is on sabbatical at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin.
Dreaming of Obama Ezra Klein, Ezra Klein is a writing fellow at the American Prospect. His blog is at www.EzraKlein.com.
In other news ... Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Wastebasket refugees Matthew Diffee, MATTHEW DIFFEE has been contributing cartoons to the New Yorker since 1999. He is the author of "The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in the New Yorker."
How not to pick a new schools chief Ramon C. Cortines, RAMON C. CORTINES is Los Angeles deputy mayor for education, youth and families. A former schools superintendent in Pasadena, San Jose and San Francisco, he also served as interim L.A. Unified superintendent in 2000.
Living large Gregg Easterbrook, Gregg Easterbrook is a fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of "The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse."
Who'll be the 300-millionth American? William H. Frey, WILLIAM H. FREY, a demographer at the Brookings Institution and a research professor with the University of Michigan Population Studies Center, is the author of "America by the Numbers."
It's the agenda, stupid GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Where does the Times go? Michael Kinsley, Michael Kinsley is American Editor of the Guardian (London) and former editorial page editor of The Times.
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Strung along K.C. Cole, K.C. Cole, who teaches science journalism at USC's Annenberg School, is the author of "The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty."
Rushing to judgment Steve Almond, Steve Almond is the author of several books, including the story collections "My Life in Heavy Metal" and "The Evil B.B. Chow."
Limelight Marc Weingarten, Marc Weingarten is the author of "The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion and the New Journalism Revolution."
A tension to detail Jane Smiley, Jane Smiley's most recent book is "13 Ways of Looking at the Novel." Her new novel will appear in February.
On terra firma Susan Zakin, Susan Zakin is the author of "Coyotes and Town Dogs: Earth First! and the Environmental Movement." She teaches writing at the University of Arizona.
Establishing shots Glen David Gold, Glen David Gold is the author of the novel "Carter Beats the Devil." His new novel will look at Hollywood during World War I.
These walls can talk Matthew Price, Matthew Price is a journalist and critic in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Rocker redux Michael Jaime-Becerra, Michael Jaime-Becerra is the author of "Every Night Is Ladies' Night" and teaches creative writing at UC Riverside.
An Appreciation: Joseph Gober Nazel Jr. (1944-2006) Emory Holmes II, Emory Holmes II is a Los Angeles-based writer. His short story "aka Moises Rockafella" will appear in "The Best American Mystery Stories 2006," to be published this month.
Raw Emotions Shawn Hubler, Shawn Hubler is a senior writer for West.
What It Is. (And What It Was.) Lynell George, Lynell George is a senior writer for West. Her work has appeared in Ms. and Essence, as well as in the essay collection "Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology."
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When Life's Scenes Don't Work, Do Some Editing Erica Huggins, Erica Huggins is an executive vice president of motion pictures at Imagine Entertainment.
Cop Shop Randye Hoder, Randye Hoder has written for West and The Times' Op-Ed page.
Fire Susan Klenner, Susan Klenner is a retired real estate broker. This is her first published story.
In Living Color Michael Webb, Michael Webb is the author of "Modernist Paradise: Niemeyer House, Boyd Collection" and "Venice, CA," both of which will be published in the spring.
Go-Go Fish Ann Herold, Ann Herold is managing editor of West.