What happened on November 18, 2007
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
The power of his pen Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
The method writer Jane Smiley, Jane Smiley is a novelist and essayist.
Dubious battle David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Worthy spin Nick Owchar, Nick Owchar is deputy editor of Book Review.
Family history by a hair Minna Proctor, Minna Proctor is the author of "Do You Hear What I Hear?: Religious Calling, the Priesthood, and My Father."
Beside the still waters Michael Joseph Gross, Michael Joseph Gross is the author of "Starstruck: When a Fan Gets Close to Fame."
Predator or prey? Thomas McGonigle, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "Going to Patchogue" and "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov."
Red star rising Nicholas Thompson, Nicholas Thompson, a senior editor at Wired magazine, is writing a book about the Cold War.
Sacramento strongman Peter Schrag, Peter Schrag, a columnist and former editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee, is the author, most recently, of "California: America's High Stakes Experiment."
Don't bow to the 'Muslim street' James Kirchick, James Kirchick is an assistant editor of the New Republic.
Pakistan's problems start at the top Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pervez Hoodbhoy teaches at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad.
Oil pans Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Fair play, airplay and Imus Dave Zirin, David Zirin is the author of "Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports."
Making the inevitable happen Bernard Avishai and Sam Bahour, Bernard Avishai is a writer and consultant living in Jerusalem. His book, "The Hebrew Republic," will be published in April. Sam Bahour is a consultant and entrepreneur living in Ramallah. He is co-editor of "Homeland: Oral History of Palestine and Palestinians."
Skid row in rehab Heather Mac Donald, Heather Mac Donald is the author of "Are Cops Racist?" and is a contributor to City Journal, from which this article is adapted.
Pretty ugly Umberto Eco, Umberto Eco is a semiotician and writer. He is the editor of "On Ugliness," to be published this month by Rizzoli, from which this essay is adapted and the images on these pages are taken.
Are we safer? David Cole and Jules Lobel, David Cole, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and Jules Lobel, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, are the authors of "Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terror."
The Hollywood Money Palaces Tina Daunt, Tina Daunt is a Times staff writer whose Cause Celebre column on Hollywood and politics appears weekly in the Calendar section. She can be reached at Tina.Daunt@latimes.com.
Seeing Stars Nicole LaPorte, Nicole LaPorte is a Venice-based writer who covers the entertainment industry. Contact her at email@example.com.
The Devil's Playthings Dan Neil, Dan Neil can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Perfect Fauxstess Meghan Daum, Meghan Daum is an opinion columnist for The Times. Contact her at email@example.com
Bye-Bye, Bungalow Christopher Hawthorne, Christopher Hawthorne is the architecture critic for The Times. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blast Off! Steffie Nelson, Steffie Nelson is a freelance writer living in Echo Park. Her work has appeared in Monocle, Variety and the New York Times. Contact her at email@example.com.
Koreatown Cool Caroline Ryder, Caroline Ryder is a writer based in Los Feliz. Her work has appeared in LA Weekly and Angeleno. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE Entertainers Ginny Chien; Steffie Nelson; Yvette Doss; David Lansing; Alexandria Abramian-Mott
Thanksgiving Barbara thornburg, Barbara Thornburg is senior style editor of the magazine. She can be reached at Barbara.Thornburg@latimes.com.