What happened on August 19, 2007
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Breaking away Marion Winik, Marion Winik is the author, most recently, of "Above Us Only Sky."
A life in fragments Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is the author of the novel "The Suitors."
Gorgeous George Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is a New York-based critic and the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
Curious bedfellows 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."
Towers of power Christopher Hawthorne, Christopher Hawthorne is a Times staff writer.
Fire in the hole Mark S. Luce, Mark S. Luce lives literature in Kansas City, Mo., where he teaches at the Barstow School. He also teaches at the University of Kansas.
A haunting piece of history Art Winslow, Art Winslow, former executive editor of the Nation, writes frequently about books and culture.
Lightness of being Benjamin Weissman, Benjamin Weissman is the author of two books of short fiction, most recently "Headless."
Money talks Carolyn Kellogg, Carolyn Kellogg hosts the literary blog Pinky's Paperhaus at www.pinkyspaperhaus.com.
The human factor Lionel Shriver, Lionel Shriver is the author of eight novels, including "We Need to Talk About Kevin," which won Britain's Orange Prize in 2005. Her most recent novel is "The Post-Birthday World."
A developing power D.J. Waldie, D.J. Waldie is a contributing editor to Opinion and the author, most recently, of "California Romantica."
Snuff takes a holiday Joe Queenan, Joe Queenan writes frequently for Barron's, the New York Times Book Review and the Guardian.
Healthcare reform: Code blue David Lesher, David Lesher is the government affairs manager in Sacramento for the Public Policy Institute of California.
Blogs: All the noise that fits Michael Skube, Michael Skube teaches journalism at Elon University in North Carolina. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism.
Hillaryious Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Realist with passion Jim Newton, Jim Newton is the Editorial Page editor of The Times.
Eat or Be Eaten Nicole LaPorte, Nicole LaPorte is writing a book about DreamWorks, to be published by Houghton Mifflin.
wild kingdom Reporting by Assistant Style Editor Elizabeth Khuri
Out in the World Susan Straight, Novelist Susan Straight's most recent book is "The Friskative Dog," published in March by Knopf.
L.A.'s Canine Commuters Meghan Daum, Meghan Daum is an opinion columnist for The Times.
Golf's Bogeyman Paul Lieberman, Times staff writer Paul Lieberman, a competitive golfer for 43 years, has a five handicap.
Living Color Barbara Thornburg, Barbara Thornburg is the senior style editor of West.
Green With Envy Christopher Hawthorne, Christopher Hawthorne is the architecture critic of The Times.