What happened on November 25, 2007
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Chasing the shadows Edward Champion, Edward Champion is a Brooklyn writer and host of the literary blog Return of the Reluctant at www.edrants.com.
Ordinary madness David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is books editor of The Times.
A wild and crazy guise? Erika Schickel, Erika Schickel is the author of "You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom."
Bit parts Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
The art of liberation Donna Seaman, Donna Seaman is an editor for Booklist and host of the radio program "Open Books" in Chicago (www.open booksradio.org). Her author interviews are collected in "Writers on the Air."
Puppet master Leslie S. Klinger, Leslie S. Klinger is the editor of "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories," "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels" and the forthcoming "The New Annotated Dracula."
Roadside attractions Richard Eder, Richard Eder, a former Times book critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Narrative troublemaker Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is the author of the novel "The Suitors."
Wired for romance Seth Lloyd, Seth Lloyd, a professor of quantum-mechanical engineering at MIT, is the author of "Programming the Universe."
Funny stuffing Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Unheralded military successes Robert D. Kaplan, Robert D. Kaplan, a national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and a visiting professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, is the author of "Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground."
McCain's homework Matt Welch, Matt Welch, a former assistant editorial page editor at The Times, is an editor at Reason magazine and author of "McCain: The Myth of a Maverick."
The blame game Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His new book is "The Latino Challenge to Black America: Towards a Conversation Between African Americans and Hispanics," published by Middle Passage Press.
It's more about class and less about color Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a columnist for the opinion pages, is director of the California Fellows Program at the New America Foundation and the author of the recently published "Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America."
Homicides don't add up to a race war Jill Leovy, Jill Leovy writes the Homicide Report, a Times blog that tracks homicides in Los Angeles County.
Trying to change a bias Gustavo Arellano, Gustavo Arellano is a contributing editor to Opinion, the author of the book "¡Ask a Mexican!" and a staff writer for the OC Weekly.
Give me a break Charles Fleming, Charles Fleming is an adjunct professor of journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. He is coauthor of the recently published nonfiction book "My Lobotomy."
We aren't all in the same boat Erin Aubry Kaplan, Erin Aubry Kaplan is a contributing editor to The Times' opinion pages.