What happened on September 16, 2007
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.
Misfit Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter is a Times staff writer.
The trap Elizabeth Mehren, Elizabeth Mehren, a former Los Angeles Times staff writer, is a professor at Boston University.
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.
Common touch Michael Mewshaw, Michael Mewshaw is the author of 10 novels and, most recently, a memoir, "If You Could See Me Now."
Colors of memory Louise Steinman, Louise Steinman, author of "The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War," is writing a book about Poland.
Air apparent Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah, Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah is a writer in Los Angeles.
A broken man James Gibbons, James Gibbons is associate editor at the Library of America.
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.
Crossing lines Louisa Thomas, Louisa Thomas writes for Slate, the New Yorker and other publications.
Immigrant song Carolyn Kellogg, Carolyn Kellogg hosts the literary blog Pinky's Paperhaus at www.pinkyspaperhaus.com.
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The Downhill Time Warp HUGO MARTIN, Hugo Martin is a Times travel writer.
Still in Deep Nicole LaPorte, Nicole LaPorte is writing a book about DreamWorks, to be published by Houghton Mifflin.
Paradise Found Rosemary McClure, Rosemary McClure is a Times travel writer.
Stepping Out Christopher Hawthorne, Christopher Hawthorne is the architecture critic of The Times.
A Postcard + Some Prada Valli Herman, Valli Herman is a Times staff writer.
Old-World Classics Susan Spano; Beverly Beyette ; Craig Nakano
Railroad Ties Aavid L. UIlin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Real, Tasty Chris Rubin; Chris Erskine; Avital Binshtock
France without Pretense Doyle McManus, Doyle McManus is The Times' Washington bureau chief.
Public Art Angel ELIZABETH KHURI, Elizabeth Khuri is assistant style editor of West.
Turn On, Tune In, Show Off Meghan Daum, Meghan Daum is an opinion columnist for the Times
Baja's Atlantis CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, Christopher Reynolds is a travel writer for The Times.
Stepping Out Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Pencil-pointed view Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Still seeing Red Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time.com and the author of many books, including "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
Secrets and lies Barry Siegel, Barry Siegel, a former Times national correspondent, directs the literary journalism program at UC Irvine. His book on U.S. vs. Reynolds and the state secrets privilege, "Claim of Privilege," will be published next year.
The school ate my homework Randye Hoder, Randye Hoder is a writer living in Los Angeles.
We've always been dense Todd Gish, Todd Gish, an architect and planner, recently completed his doctorate in urban planning at USC. His research examined the role of multifamily housing in the urbanization of Los Angeles in the early 20th century.
The fantasy that's ruining football Dave Zirin, Dave Zirin is the author of "Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports."