What happened on August 05, 2007
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
The spin on 'Bandstand' Ken Emerson, Ken Emerson is the author of "Doo-Dah!: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture" and "Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era."
A healthy laugh Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Sometimes it's hard to be a woman Charlotte Allen, Charlotte Allen is an editor at Beliefnet and the author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus."
Old world order Robert Kagan, Robert Kagan is a fellow at the German Marshall Fund and a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A longer version of this article appears in the August/September issue of Policy Review.
Family feud Bill Whalen, Bill Whalen, a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, was chief speechwriter for former California Gov. Pete Wilson.
Death of a cinema culture Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time.com and the author of many books, including "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
Road kill Gregg Easterbrook, Gregg Easterbrook is a fellow of the Brookings Institution and author of "The Progress Paradox."
An undercover life Emily Barton, Emily Barton is the author of two novels, "Brookland" and "The Testament of Yves Gundron."
Long may she reign Amy Wilentz, Amy Wilentz is the author, most recently, of "I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger."
Centered city Paul Wilner, Paul Wilner is a Bay Area writer who specializes in the arts and popular culture.
Immemorial Sara Lippincott and Sara Lippincott is an assistant editor of Book Review.
Valley girl Judith Lewis, Judith Lewis is a staff writer for LA Weekly.
Shakespeare in Dogpatch Albert Goldbarth, Albert Goldbarth is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, including, most recently, "The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007." He has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry.
Of apples, string and, well... everything George Johnson, George Johnson's new book, "The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments," will be published next spring.