What happened on September 03, 2006
The importance of being pessimistic Joshua Foa Dienstag, JOSHUA FOA DIENSTAG is a political science professor at UCLA. His latest book is "Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit."
He came for love Donald Tang, DONALD TANG is a vice chairman of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.
Saluting Joe Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Can we be a 1st-rate state with a 3rd-rate budget? Lou Cannon, LOU CANNON is the author of five books on Ronald Reagan, most recently "Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power."
It's like WWI without mustard gas Jonathan Chait, Jonathan Chait writes a weekly column for The Times.
Bioterror? Nature beat us to it Wendy Orent, WENDY ORENT is the author of "Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World's Most Dangerous Disease."
Schwarzenegger, party of one Joe Mathews, JOE MATHEWS, a Times staff writer, is the author of "The People's Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy."
A centrist Dem takes on a GOP culture warrior Michael McGough, MICHAEL MCGOUGH writes editorials for The Times and is the former Washington-based editor-at-large for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
FDR's unfinished business Jonathan Alter, JONATHAN ALTER, a Newsweek columnist, is the author of "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope," published this summer.
Brazil separates into a world of black and white GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation. firstname.lastname@example.org
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The new El Dorado Andrew J. Bacevich, Andrew J. Bacevich is professor of history and international relations at Boston University.
Unusual, as usual Sonja Bolle, Sonja Bolle is a freelance book editor. She also reviews children's books for Newsday.
Kiss and tell Kai Maristed, Kai Maristed is the author of "Broken Ground," "Out After Dark" and "Fall."
Carried away Mark Rozzo, Mark Rozzo is a critic living in New York.
Big payoffs Meghan Daum, Meghan Daum is a writer and weekly columnist for The Times' opinion page.
The caged bird sings James Marcus, James Marcus is the author of "Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut."
Being in nothingness Karrie Higgins, Karrie Higgins is a writer in Portland, Ore.
Psychedelic love Deborah Vankin, Deborah Vankin is a senior editor at Variety.
Funny business Rich Cohen, Rich Cohen is the author of "Tough Jews: Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams," "The Record Men: The Chess Brothers and the Birth of Rock & Roll," and "Sweet and Low: A Family Story."
The dark side of genius Jonathan Levi, Jonathan Levi is a founding editor of Granta magazine and the author of the novel "A Guide for the Perplexed."
Hacienda del Sol Dorothy Pier, Dorothy Pier lives in Los Osos. This is her first published piece of fiction.
The Summer of the Death of Hilario Guzman MARK ARAX, Mark Arax is a senior writer for West. He is the author of "In My Father's Name" and co-author of "The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire."
Always Know Your Place in the Pecking Order Andy Cowan, Andy Cowan is a writer, producer and performer. His credits include "Cheers," "Seinfeld" and "3rd Rock From the Sun."