What happened on October 21, 2007
It's small, but it's a keeper Gordy Slack, Gordy Slack is the author of "The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything."
In the beginning Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a columnist for the opinion pages, is director of the California Fellows Program at the New America Foundation and author of the just-published "Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America."
Oh, and some laws were passed Bill Whalen, Bill Whalen, a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, was chief speechwriter for former California Gov. Pete Wilson.
Eyes on the prize Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
A bachelor nation Joshua Kurlantzick, Joshua Kurlantzick is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of "Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power Is Transforming the World."
The blue you don't see Robert C. J. Parry, Robert C. J. Parry is a businessman working on a book about his experiences in the Army National Guard in Iraq.
Giving, with strings attached Scott Sherman, Scott Sherman is a contributing writer of the Nation and a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review.
Making peace with ourselves Charles A. Kupchan and Peter L. Trubowitz, Charles A. Kupchan is a professor of international affairs at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Peter L. Trubowitz is a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin and a senior fellow at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law.
Mr. Shanker's lesson Richard D. Kahlenberg, Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, is the author of "Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race and Democracy."
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A shark, and his appetites Heather Byer, Heather Byer is the author of the memoir "Sweet: An Eight-Ball Odyssey."
Too much too young Steve Almond, Steve Almond's new book of essays is "(Not That You Asked)."
The mother of all cons Kit R. Roane, Kit R. Roane has covered conflicts in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The road to humility Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Deconstructing Chuck Rich Cohen, Rich Cohen is the author, most recently, of "Sweet and Low: A Family Story."
Life lines Erika Schickel, Erika Schickel is the author of "You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom."
Suburban sinners Carolyn Kellogg, Carolyn Kellogg hosts the literary blog Pinky's Paperhaus at www.pinkyspaperhaus.com.
Echoes of Tolstoy Natasha Randall, Natasha Randall is a critic and the translator, most recently, of Yevgeny Zamyatin's "We" for Modern Library Classics.