What happened on December 02, 2007
The gentry liberals Joel Kotkin and Fred Siegel, Joel Kotkin is a presidential fellow at Chapman University and the author of "The City: A Global History." Fred Siegel, a professor at the Cooper Union for Science & Art, is the author of "The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life."
The KGB's mole master David Wise, David Wise is the author of "Nightmover: How Aldrich Ames Sold the CIA to the KGB for $4.6 Million" and "Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America."
The whole enchilada Marc B. Haefele, Marc B. Haefele is a commentator for KPCC-FM (89.3) and writes for Citybeat, Citywatch and Nomada magazine of Buenos Aires. He just returned from a trip to Argentina.
Dr. Doom Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins, Douglas Frantz, a senior writer at Conde Nast Portfolio and former managing editor of The Times, and Catherine Collins, a writer based in Washington, are the authors of "The Nuclear Jihadist: The True Story of the Man Who Sold the World's Most Dangerous Secrets . . . and How We Could Have Stopped Him."
Peace offerings Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
We've heard this story before William Powers, William Powers is the media critic for National Journal. His paper, "Hamlet's Blackberry: Why Paper is Eternal," was published recently by Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.
Hugo Chavez -- mouth or menace? Sergio Munoz, Sergio Munoz, a former Times editorial writer, is a contributing editor to the paper.
Treat me like a Delta smelt Bruce Braunstein, Bruce Braunstein is the author of the forthcoming "The Rise of Hollywood and the Pacific Coast," to be published by McGraw-Hill.
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The 'Golden' rule Laura Miller, Laura Miller is a staff writer for Salon.com and the editor of "The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors."
An island apart Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Lion in winter Nicholas Delbanco, Nicholas Delbanco is the Robert Frost Distinguished University professor of English language and literature at the University of Michigan. His most recent novel is "Spring and Fall."
Faking it Jane Smiley, Jane Smiley is an essayist and novelist.
True identities Stephanie Zacharek, Stephanie Zacharek is a senior writer for Salon.com.
They made crime pay Richard Rayner, Richard Rayner is the author of several books, including "The Devil's Wind: A Novel" and the forthcoming "The Associates: Four Capitalists Who Created California." His column Paperback Writers appears monthly at latimes.com/books.
A high plain Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah, Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah is a writer in Los Angeles.