What happened on January 28, 2007
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Merely mortal Claire Panosian Dunavan, Claire Panosian Dunavan is a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Consumed Judith Freeman, Judith Freeman is the author of several novels, most recently "Red Water," and the upcoming nonfiction book "The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved."
Digging out the truth Mark S. Luce, Mark S. Luce teaches English at the Barstow School in Kansas City, Mo., and at the University of Kansas.
As I lay dying Susan Salter Reynolds, firstname.lastname@example.org Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
National insecurity Richard Eder, Richard Eder, a former Times book critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds, email@example.com
Tom the obscure 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."
Peripheral visions Ruben Martinez, Ruben Martinez, a professor at Loyola Marymount University, is the author of "Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail."
Pulp fiction Sarah Weinman, Sarah Weinman, a New-York based freelance journalist and book critic, writes about crime fiction on her blog, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind.
To borrow a phrase ... Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch is an attorney specializing in publishing law and 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."
The whole truth Donna Seaman, Donna Seaman is an associate editor for Booklist, editor of the anthology "In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness" and host of the radio program "Open Books" in Chicago. Her author interviews are collected in "Writers on the Air."
Black coaches? The NFL drops the ball Dave Zirin, Dave Zirin is the author of "What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States."
IN RECENT WEEKS, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and... Christopher S. Lehane, CHRISTOPHER S. LEHANE served as an advisor in the Clinton White House and as press secretary to Al Gore in the 2000 campaign.
A real estate bust would boost L.A. Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, an Irvine fellow at the New America Foundation, is the author of "The City: A Global History" (Modern Library Paperback).
Latinos and gangs: the hopeful flip side GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine fellow at the New America Foundation.
How California can spoil the '08 election ... Philip J. Trounstine, PHILIP J. TROUNSTINE is director of the Survey and Policy Research Institute at San Jose State. He is the former political editor of the San Jose Mercury News and was communications director for former Gov. Gray Davis.
Apocalypse no David A. Bell, David A. Bell, a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and a contributing editor for the New Republic, is the author of "The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It."
Ron Athey Kateri Butler, Kateri Butler has written for Details and L'Uono Vogue.
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Bill Viola Alan Rifkin, Alan Rifkin is the author of "Signal Hill: Stories" and is completing a novel in the MFA creative writing program at Cal State Long Beach.
When It Comes to Patience, First Learn the Math Beth Lapides, Beth Lapides' first book, "Did I Wake You? Haikus for Modern Living," was recently published by Soft Skull Press.
Jennifer Steinkamp Gendy Alimurung, Gendy Alimurung is a freelance writer and an editor at the LA Weekly.