What happened on September 02, 2007
Strange sanctuary Donna Seaman, Donna Seaman is an editor for Booklist and host of the radio program "Open Books" in Chicago (www.openbooksradio.org). Her author interviews are collected in "Writers on the Air."
Welcome to the jungle David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Discomfort zone Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is the author of the novel "The Suitors."
So we meet again Marisa Silver, Marisa Silver is author of the short story collection "Babe in Paradise" and the novel "No Direction Home." Her new novel, "The God of War," will be published next year.
Playing God Matthew Price, Matthew Price is a journalist and critic in New York.
The numbers game Brigitte Frase, Brigitte Frase is working on a memoir about immigration to the U.S. from postwar Germany.
Boyhood lost Irina Reyn, Irina Reyn's first novel, "What Happened to Anna K.," will be published next year.
Very fine lines Peter Terzian, Peter Terzian is a writer and critic based in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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A haven for illegal immigrants Grace Dyrness and Clara Irazábal, Grace Dyrness is an adjunct professor in USC's School of Policy, Planning and Development. Clara Irazábal is an assistant professor of urban planning and design in the school. Both are studying the New Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles.
Easy marks Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
New Russia, new threat Michael McFaul, Michael McFaul is a Hoover fellow and professor of political science at Stanford University.
Poppy wars Peter Bergen and Sameer Lalwani, Peter Bergen, the author of "Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden," is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Sameer Lalwani is a policy analyst there.
All aboard the peace racket Bruce Bawer, Bruce Bawer is author of "When Europe Slept." A longer version of this article appears in the summer issue of City Journal.
China's latest export: soft power 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."
'America's Rasputin' lives again David Milne, David Milne is a lecturer in foreign policy at the University of Nottingham. His book, "America's Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War," will be published next year by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.