What happened on March 11, 2007
Machiavelli's main man Alexander Stille, ALEXANDER STILLE writes frequently about Italy. His latest book is "The Sack of Rome: How a Beautiful European Country With a Fabled History and a Storied Culture Was Taken Over by a Man Named Silvio Berlusconi."
The great California casino caper Marc Cooper, Marc Cooper is an LA Weekly columnist and a visiting professor of journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. His latest book is "The Last Honest Place in America: Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas."
Military medicine's toxic silence M. Gregg Bloche, M. GREGG BLOCHE is a professor of law at Georgetown University, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and visiting professor of law at UCLA.
In the war of words, The Times is Israel's ally Saree Makdisi, SAREE MAKDISI, a professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA, writes frequently about the Middle East.
Mexico, from romance to realism Denise Dresser, DENISE DRESSER, a professor at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, is a contributing editor to Opinion.
A thousand words -- Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
LAX and the culture of Mulhollandism Steven P. Erie and Scott A. MacKenzie, STEVEN P. ERIE is a professor of political science at UC San Diego. SCOTT A. MACKENZIE is a doctoral candidate at the university. They are completing "Troubled Paradise: Fiscal Crisis and Political Turmoil in San Diego."
The new American witch hunt Richard B. Krueger, Richard B. Krueger is a psychiatrist and an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Is success killing South Koreans? GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation. firstname.lastname@example.org
Unfortunately, we'll always have Paris Lloyd Grove, Lloyd Grove wrote Lowdown, a gossip column in the New York Daily News, until last year. He recently profiled Barbara Walters for New York magazine.
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Aboard Sirocco Oakley Hall, Excerpted from "Love and War in California," Copyright 2007, a novel by Oakley Hall, to be published April 17 by Thomas Dunne Books.
If You're Going to Lie, Make It a Great One Sy Rosen, Sy Rosen has written for "The Bob Newhart Show," "Taxi," "MASH," "Maude," "Rhoda," "Northern Exposure," "The Wonder Years" and "Frasier." He currently has a few things in development.
The Big Leap Deborah Netburn, Deborah Netburn is an entertainment reporter for latimes.com.
The End In Two Acts Lauren Kessler, Lauren Kessler's latest book, "Dancing With Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's," to be published in June by Viking Press, began as a story of the same name in this magazine in 2004.
The Silver Lake follies Deborah Vankin, Deborah Vankin is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor. Her graphic novel, "Poseur," will be out in early 2008.
Criminal minds Paula L. Woods, Paula L. Woods, a member of the National Book Critics Circle, is the author of the Det. Charlotte Justice novels, including, most recently, "Strange Bedfellows."
Mean streets Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
Words fail, eloquently Susan Salter Reynolds, email@example.com Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Touch of evil Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time and the author of many books, including "Elia Kazan: A Biography" and "The Essential Chaplin."
Unhinged America Steve Almond, Steve Almond is the author of the forthcoming essay collection "(Not That You Asked)."
Secrets of a son Dale Bailey, Dale Bailey is the author of several books, including the novels "House of Bones" and "The Fallen."
Drifting to extremes David L. Ulin, firstname.lastname@example.org David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds, email@example.com
Office politics, cubed Darcy Cosper, Darcy Cosper contributes to publications including Bookforum and Time Out New York.
Everything and then some Eloise Klein Healy, Eloise Klein Healy's most recent collection is "The Islands Project: Poems For Sappho."
The communitarian manifesto 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. Seaman's author interviews are collected in "Writers on the Air."