What happened on April 15, 2007
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The only constant Diana Wagman, Diana Wagman, a professor at Cal State Long Beach, is the author of the novels "Skin Deep," "Spontaneous" and "Bump."
A life laid bare DAVID L. ULIN, firstname.lastname@example.org
A life of contradictions Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is a New York-based critic and the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
Runaway trains Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch is the author, most recently, of "A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization."
Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds, email@example.com
Preacher's daughter Erika Schickel, Erika Schickel is the author of the memoir "You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom."
Realty check Judith Lewis, Judith Lewis is a staff writer at L.A. Weekly.
The scheme queen Donna Seaman, Donna Seaman is an associate editor for Booklist, editor of the anthology "In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness" and host of the radio program "Open Books" in Chicago. Seaman's author interviews are collected in "Writers on the Air."
Jagged edges Jerry Stahl, Jerry Stahl is the author of several books, including "Permanent Midnight: A Memoir" and the novel "I, Fatty."
What fools these mortals be Phillip Lopate, Essayist and novelist Phillip Lopate is the editor of "American Movie Critics: From the Silents Until Now."
Body and soul Leslie Schwartz, Leslie Schwartz, the current president of PEN USA, is the author of the novels "Jumping the Green" and "Angels Crest."
Can France's next leader lead? Charles A. Kupchan, CHARLES A. KUPCHAN is a professor of international affairs at Georgetown University and director of Europe studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Rereading L.A. Ruben Martinez, Ruben Martinez is a professor in the English department at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author of "Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail."
Extremely moderate Eve Fairbanks, EVE FAIRBANKS is an assistant editor at the New Republic.
1040 blues Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
At the corner of Olympic and me Swati Pandey, SWATI PANDEY is a researcher for The Times' editorial pages.
He could tell you, but then he'd have to kill you Carlin Romano, Carlin Romano, literary critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer and critic-at-large of the Chronicle of Higher Education, is a former president of the National Book Critics Circle. He teaches philosophy and media theory at the University of Pennsylvania.
Africa's HIV superhighway Helen Epstein, HELEN EPSTEIN is the author of "The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS," which will be published in May.