What happened on December 23, 2007
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
The big buildup Mark Lamster, Mark Lamster is writing a book about the political career of Peter Paul Rubens.
You can't go home again Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a critic whose reviews appear in a variety of publications, including Newsday and the San Francisco Chronicle.
They came from Hollywood Seth Greenland, Seth Greenland has written for film, television and theater. He is the author of the novel "The Bones."
Bomb threat Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, Daniel Kurtz-Phelan is a senior editor at Foreign Affairs magazine.
Remade in America Erin Aubry Kaplan, Erin Aubry Kaplan is a contributing editor to The Times' Opinion pages.
Down town Carolyn Kellogg, Carolyn Kellogg hosts the literary blog Pinky's Paperhaus at www.pinkyspaperhaus.com.
Graphic realities Laurel Maury, Laurel Maury is a New York-based writer and critic.
Convention crasher Matthew Sharpe, Matthew Sharpe is the author of several novels, including, most recently, "Jamestown," and the story collection "Stories From the Tube."
It's a campaign, not a crusade Charlotte Allen, Charlotte Allen is the author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus."
Benedict Arnold? Ethan Rarick, Ethan Rarick is the author of "California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown" and the forthcoming "Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West."
Diamond in the rough Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Trust me on this Joe Queenan, Joe Queenan is a New York-based writer.