What happened on September 24, 2006
The taco that ate Sweden GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Is science afraid of ghosts? Deborah Blum, DEBORAH BLUM is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer and the author of "Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof Search for Life After Death."
An era that's meant to wear noir Thomas de Zengotita, THOMAS DE ZENGOTITA, a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine, is the author of "Mediated," which won the 2006 Marshall McLuhan Award for outstanding work in media ecology.
The triple threat of a divided Iraq W. Robert Pearson, W. ROBERT PEARSON was U.S. ambassador to Turkey from 2000 to 2003.
Yankee doodles David Greenberg, DAVID GREENBERG, who teaches history and media studies at Rutgers University, wrote the text for "Presidential Doodles," published by Basic Books.
Why the old soldiers are attacking Bush Charles Kaiser, CHARLES KAISER, author of "1968 in America" and "The Gay Metropolis," is completing "The Cost of Courage," a book about a French family that fought in the Resistance in Paris during World War II.
History only hears the music Miles Hoffman, Miles Hoffman is violist of the American Chamber Players, a music commentator for NPR's "Morning Edition" and the author of "The NPR Classical Music Companion."
Flesh-and-blood law Joe Domanick, Joe Domanick, author of "Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics of Crime in America's Golden State," is senior fellow in criminal justice at the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.
The quiet bombshell Robert Weisberg, ROBERT WEISBERG is a professor of law at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center.
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Rock / Drugs / Scissors John Albert, John Albert is the author of "Wrecking Crew: The Really Bad News Griffith Park Pirates."
Beauty and the Beast Elizabeth Khuri, Elizabeth Khuri is an assistant Style editor for West, a former managing editor of SOMA magazine and has written for Time, Women's Wear Daily and the Robb Report.
He's In The Band Kristin Young, Kristin Young is features editor at Angeleno magazine, where she covers fashion. Her articles have also appeared in Women's Wear Daily, W, Redbook and others.
Be Yourself, Unless Being Someone Else Is Better Allan Katz, Allan Katz is a writer and producer whose credits include "MASH," "Roseanne" and the musical "Song of Singapore." He also wrote the copy for the original box of Screaming Yellow Zonkers popcorn treats.
Shadow dancer Thomas Curwen, Thomas Curwen is an editor at large for The Times.
Bodily betrayal Claire Panosian Dunavan, Claire Panosian Dunavan is a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Family time Lisa Teasley, Lisa Teasley is the author of the novels "Heat Signature" and "Dive," as well as the award-winning story collection "Glow in the Dark."
Trouble is his business Richard Rayner, Richard Rayner is the author of several books, most recently the novel "The Devil's Wind."
Unhappily ever after Steve Erickson, Steve Erickson is the author of seven novels, most recently "Our Ecstatic Days." He writes about film for Los Angeles magazine and is the editor of the literary journal Black Clock, published by the California Institute of the Arts, where he teaches.
Reality bites Kevin Smokler, Kevin Smokler is the editor of the collection "Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times."
An American tale David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
The illuminator Jane Ciabattari, Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short-story collection "Stealing the Fire" and a contributor to Critical Mass, the blog of the National Book Critics Circle board of directors.