What happened on April 22, 2007
Revenge of the desk slaves Nick Confalone, NICK CONFALONE, a former assistant to a Hollywood movie producer, now works in television animation.
Ambush at the World Bank 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."
Whose downtown is it? D.J. Waldie, D.J. WALDIE, a contributing editor to Opinion, is the author of "Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles."
The writers' stuff Dan Crowe, DAN CROWE is the editor of "How I Write: The Secret Lives of Authors," which will be published next week by Rizzoli.
The unspeakable G-word Matt Welch, MATT WELCH is The Times' assistant editorial pages editor.
Animation animus Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
The ugliest building in L.A. Josh Williams and Dakota Smith, JOSH WILLIAMS and DAKOTA SMITH are the editor and contributing editor, respectively, of Curbed LA (la.curbed.com).
Our zero-tolerance society David Greenberg, DAVID GREENBERG, a professor of history and media studies at Rutgers University, is the author of books about Richard Nixon and Calvin Coolidge.
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When You Think You've Hit Bottom, Look Down Mark Miller, Mark Miller has experienced humiliation on sitcom staffs, doing stand-up comedy and writing humor columns for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate.
'scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky Robert Landau, Robert Landau has published four books related to photography and popular culture, most recently "Hollywood Poolside" (Angel City Press, 1997).
Beautifully Native Emily Green, Emily Green is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer.
Cheeta Speaks J.R. Moehringer, J.R. Moehringer is a senior writer for West.
City Lights Books Lynell George, Lynell George is a senior writer for West.
The riled ones Steve Almond, Steve Almond is the author of the forthcoming essay collection "(Not That You Asked)."
Foodie nation Patric Kuh, Patric Kuh is the restaurant critic for Los Angeles Magazine.
Alice's restaurant Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a staff writer for The Times.
Death awaits Martin Rubin, Martin Rubin is a critic and the author of "Sarah Gertrude Millin: A South African Life."
Wicked within Alan Zarembo, Alan Zarembo is a Times staff writer.
Revealing, concealing Thane Rosenbaum, Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist, essayist and law professor and the author of several books, including "Elijah Visible: Stories" and "The Golems of Gotham."
The mind that mattered George Johnson, George Johnson is the author of "Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics." His latest book, "The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments," will be published in 2008.
Social distortions Karrie Higgins, Karrie Higgins is a writer based in Portland, Ore.