What happened on November 04, 2007
Two true loves Richard Rayner, Richard Rayner's new book, "The Associates: Four Capitalists Who Created California," is due out in January. His column Paperback Writers appears monthly at latimes.com/books.
Return of the diva Steven Moore, Steven Moore is the author of several books, including "A Reader's Guide to William Gaddis's 'The Recognitions.' " He is writing a history of the novel.
Biological clout Sara Lippincott, Sara Lippincott is an assistant editor of Book Review.
The searchers Donna Rifkind, Donna Rifkind, a Los Angeles-based reviewer, was a finalist for this year's National Book Critics Circle's Balakian award for excellence.
Man of letters Matthew Price, Matthew Price is a journalist and critic in New York.
To have and to withhold Brendan Halpin, Brendan Halpin is the author of several novels, including "Long Way Back" and "Dear Catastrophe Waitress."
American stalemate Art Winslow, Art Winslow, a former literary and executive editor of the Nation, writes frequently about books and culture.
Senses of place Karrie Higgins, Karrie Higgins is a writer based in Portland, Ore.
The ways of the street Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter writes the Throttle Jockey column for The Times.
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The limits of language Nicholas Lemann, Nicholas Lemann is dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism and a staff writer for the New Yorker.
Fire lines Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Examiner. His work also appears in USA Today.
The powers that could be D.J. Waldie, D.J. Waldie, a contributing editor to The Times, is the author of "Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles."
L.A.'s boomerang boom Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin is a presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University and the author of "The City: A Global History."
Great Danes Joe Queenan, Joe Queenan writes frequently for Barron's, the New York Times Book Review and the Guardian.
Battling abortion isn't a holy war Garry Wills, Garry Wills is the author of numerous books, most recently "Head and Heart: American Christianities," from which this article is adapted.
My degeneration James Marcus, James Marcus is the author of "Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut" and proprietor of the blog House of Mirth (housemirth.blogspot.com).
The danger endures Francine Prose, Francine Prose is the author of more than a dozen books of fiction, including the novel "Blue Angel," a finalist for the National Book Award.
A war on fear Mark Danner, Mark Danner, the author of "The Secret Way to War," is a professor of journalism at UC Berkeley and at Bard College.
Follies of orthodoxy Orville Schell, Orville Schell, the former dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, is the director of the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations.
The sun eventually sets Piers Brendon, Piers Brendon is the author of "The Decline and Fall of the British Empire," to be published in the U.S. next year by Knopf.