What happened on May 13, 2007
Moms are people too Deborah Tannen, DEBORAH TANNEN, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, is the author of "You're Wearing THAT? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation."
A Mother's Day kiss-off Leslie Bennetts, LESLIE BENNETTS, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is the author of "The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?"
Santa Barbara's news mess Lou Cannon, LOU CANNON, a former reporter and columnist for the Washington Post, has lived in the Santa Barbara area since 1990.
Serious laughs Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Government by bake sale Ezra Klein, EZRA KLEIN is a staff writer at the American Prospect. His blog is at www.EzraKlein.com.
Jihad deja vu William Dalrymple, WILLIAM DALRYMPLE'S new book on the 1857 uprising, "The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857," has just been awarded the Duff Cooper Prize for History and Biography.
A 42-year rush to justice David J. Garrow, DAVID J. GARROW, a senior fellow at Cambridge University, is the author of "Bearing the Cross," a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Shooting Stars Robin Abcarian, Robin Abcarian is a Times staff writer.
Flash Forward Nathan Myers, Nathan Myers is managing editor of Surfing Magazine.
Here Today. Gone Tomorrow? George Haas, George Haas is the author and photographer of "Forcing Nature: Trees in Los Angeles," released by Bunker Hill Publishing.
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The prosecution rests Jim Newton, Jim Newton, editor of The Times' editorial pages, is the author of "Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made."
Madness as metaphor David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Inner dimensions Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Mr. Natural Judith Lewis, Judith Lewis is a staff writer for LA Weekly.
In a darker place Sven Birkerts, Sven Birkerts' latest book is "Reading Life: Books for the Ages." He edits the journal AGNI at Boston University.
Written world Benjamin Lytal, Benjamin Lytal teaches at the Pratt Institute and writes fiction.
The high life Emily Green, Emily Green is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer.
Payback time Jess Walter, Jess Walter was a 2006 National Book Award finalist for "The Zero" and winner of the 2006 Edgar Award for best novel for "Citizen Vince."
The road oft traveled Gustavo Arellano, Gustavo Arellano, a columnist for OC Weekly and a contributing editor to The Times' editorial pages, is the author of "¡Ask a Mexican!"
Old scores Denise Hamilton, Denise Hamilton is the author of the Eve Diamond mystery novels, most recently, "Prisoner of Memory," and editor and contributor to the new short story collection "Los Angeles Noir."
Creatures of the night Edward Champion, Edward Champion, a San Francisco writer, hosts the literary blog Return of the Reluctant, www.edrants.com.