What happened on September 17, 2006
On Top of the Underbelly Peter Gilstrap, Peter Gilstrap recently moved from L.A. to Nashville to write for the Tennessean.
The Untouchable Cheryl Kellogg Phillips, Cheryl Kellogg Phillips is a writer, teacher and occasional actress living in Valley Glen.
Some Kind of Nut Brittle Martin J. Smith, Martin J. Smith is a senior editor for West and the author of three crime novels, including "Straw Men," an Edgar Award nominee.
If You Want to Fly With Moths, Don't Touch Anna T. Hirsh, Anna T. Hirsh has held various entertainment industry jobs, including serving as an intern for Sofia Coppola.
Prison Without Walls Paula Priamos, Paula Priamos has written for, among others, the New York Times Magazine.
Out From Under the Klieg Lights Carol Tice, Carol Tice has contributed to Seattle Magazine and Entrepreneur.
Serving Time J.R. Moehringer, J.R. Moehringer is a senior writer for West and author of "The Tender Bar," recently released in paperback.
The `sunk-cost fallacy' Barry Schwartz, BARRY SCHWARTZ is a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College and the author of "The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less."
It's a crime how we misjudge the young Mike Males, MIKE MALES is senior researcher for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco.
Jihartists Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Give Bolton a chance Jonah Goldberg, JONAH GOLDBERG writes a weekly column for The Times. firstname.lastname@example.org
The place is a mess, but it beats Plan B David Rieff, David Rieff is the author of "At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention" and "A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis," among other books.
Kofi's world of hurt James Traub, James Traub's latest book, "The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the U.N. in the Era of American World Power," will be published in October.
Not so smart intelligence Amy Zegart, AMY ZEGART is associate professor of public policy at UCLA and the author of a forthcoming book about intelligence failures and 9/11.
Arnold still loves the camera Joe Mathews, JOE MATHEWS, a Times staff writer, is the author of "The People's Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy." email@example.com
No, give him the boot Stephen Schlesinger, STEPHEN SCHLESINGER is the author, most recently, of "Act of Creation," on the founding of the United Nations.
Kultur uber alles GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation. firstname.lastname@example.org
It's in our blood Robert Lipsyte, ROBERT LIPSYTE, a former sportswriter for the New York Times, is the author, most recently, of the young adult novel, "Raiders Night." His website is Robertlipsyte.com. A longer version of this article will appear at Tomdispatch.com.
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Wicked games Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch is the author of, most recently, "A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization."
A book in 88 keys Robert Lloyd, Robert Lloyd is a television critic for The Times.
Outlaw territory James Sallis, James Sallis is the author most recently of "Cripple Creek" and "Drive," now out in paperback.
Lost in translation Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is the author of many books, including "Elia Kazan: A Biography" and "The Essential Chaplin."
Losers in the war of words Leslie Savan, Leslie Savan is the author of "Slam Dunks and No-Brainers: Language in Your Life, the Media, Business, Politics, and, Like, Whatever" and "The Sponsored Life: Ads, TV, and American Culture."
Divine intervention Steven Barrie-Anthony, Steven Barrie-Anthony is a research fellow in religious studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles and journalist-in-residence at NewSchools Venture Fund.
What fools these mortals be Daniel Swift, Daniel Swift has written for numerous publications, including the Nation and the Times Literary Supplement.
The uncivil war Charles Rappleye, Charles Rappleye is the author of "Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution."
Citizen Paine Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
She's come undone Nina Revoyr, Nina Revoyr is the author of the novels "The Necessary Hunger" and "Southland."