What happened on October 28, 2007
The utopian apocalypse Michael Joseph Gross, Michael Joseph Gross is the author of "Starstruck: When a Fan Gets Close to Fame."
Reality check Jesse Cohen, Jesse Cohen is the series editor of "The Best American Science Writing."
Man of the people Jon Meacham, Jon Meacham, the editor of Newsweek, is the author of "American Gospel" and "Franklin and Winston."
A year in the life Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a critic whose reviews have appeared in Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle and a variety of other publications.
Honky- tonk angel RJ Smith, RJ Smith is the author of "The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance." He is a senior editor at Los Angeles magazine.
One serious feller Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is the author of the novel "The Suitors."
The life of Mr. E = MC 2 Sara Lippincott, Sara Lippincott is an assistant editor of Book Review.
His habit of mind James Marcus, James Marcus is the author of "Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut," translator of several books from the Italian and proprietor of the blog House of Mirth.
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Hot topic Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
The arsonist in us Dave Gardetta, Dave Gardetta is a senior writer at Los Angeles magazine and the author of a cover story in the current issue about the May 8 fire in Griffith Park.
The Red album Peter Radetsky, Peter Radetsky is the author of "The Soviet Image: A Hundred Years of Photographs from Inside the Tass Archives," which includes the photos seen here. It was published this month by Chronicle Books.
Accompanying history Alex Ross, Alex Ross, the music critic of the New Yorker, is the author of "The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century."
Don't look to the Gipper William Voegeli, William Voegeli is a visiting scholar at Claremont McKenna College's Henry Salvatori Center.
A vote for fairness Alexander Keyssar, Alexander Keyssar is a professor of history and social policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.