What happened on September 23, 2007
An affair to remember Alex von Tunzelmann, Alex von Tunzelmann is the author of "Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire."
Lines of fire JOEL PETT, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
King Putin? Clifford Kupchan, Clifford Kupchan is a director at Eurasia Group, a political risk consulting firm, and a former State Department official.
The West wing Matt Bai, Matt Bai, a writer for the New York Times Magazine, is the author of "The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics." www.mattbai.co
Iraq's 'Dirty Harrys' David DeVoss, David DeVoss, editor of East-West News Service, spent six months in Iraq with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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.
For the DWP, it's not easy being green Richard Dickinson, Richard Dickinson is president of the Water and Power Associates, a nonprofit educational organization.
License to fail Amy B. Zegart, Amy B. Zegart is an associate professor of public policy at UCLA and the author of "Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11."
No, we can't all just get along Jonathan Chait, Jonathan Chait, who writes the TRB column for the New Republic, is the author of "The Big Con: The True Story of How Washington Got Hoodwinked and Hijacked by Crackpot Economics."
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Freudian analysis Michael S. Roth, Michael S. Roth is president of Wesleyan University. He is former president of California College of the Arts and was curator of the 1998 Library of Congress exhibition "Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture."
Rocket man M.G. Lord, M.G. Lord's latest book is "Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science."
Busting out Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Prince of the city Jim Newton, Jim Newton, The Times' editorial page editor, is the author of "Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made."
Loyalty spoken here Helena María Viramontes, Helena María Viramontes is a professor of creative writing at Cornell University. Her latest novel is "Their Dogs Came With Them."
Occupied territory Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a critic whose reviews have appeared in Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle and a variety of other publications.
Superior we stand Richard Eder, Richard Eder, a former Times book critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Dynamic duality Charles Rappleye, Charles Rappleye is the author of "Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution."