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What happened on September 16, 2007

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  • Loaded sentences Douglas Hofstadter, Douglas Hofstadter, the author of "I Am a Strange Loop," is a cognitive scientist and director of Indiana University's Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition.

  • The trap Elizabeth Mehren, Elizabeth Mehren, a former Los Angeles Times staff writer, is a professor at Boston University.

  • Misfit Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter is a Times staff writer.

  • Bestsellers

  • Paperbacks

  • For the record

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • One heady riff RJ Smith, RJ Smith is 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.

  • This Week in Calendar

  • A first love returns Nick Owchar

  • Common touch Michael Mewshaw, Michael Mewshaw is the author of 10 novels and, most recently, a memoir, "If You Could See Me Now."

  • A broken man James Gibbons, James Gibbons is associate editor at the Library of America.

  • Colors of memory Louise Steinman, Louise Steinman, author of "The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War," is writing a book about Poland.

  • Crossing lines Louisa Thomas, Louisa Thomas writes for Slate, the New Yorker and other publications.

  • Faith's fate Jack Miles, Jack Miles is senior fellow for religious affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy and professor of English and religious studies at UC Irvine.

  • Air apparent Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah, Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah is a writer in Los Angeles.

  • Immigrant song Carolyn Kellogg, Carolyn Kellogg hosts the literary blog Pinky's Paperhaus at www.pinkyspaperhaus.com.

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