What happened on September 30, 2007
The inescapable Tara Ison, Tara Ison is the author, most recently, of "The List."
A tapestry of secrets Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Both sides of the street Laurel Maury, Laurel Maury is a New York-based writer and critic.
True grit Joy Nicholson, Joy Nicholson is the author of the novels "The Tribes of Palos Verdes" and "The Road to Esmeralda."
The counterlife David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Selling 'Brand India' Swati Pandey, Swati Pandey is a researcher for The Times' editorial pages.
Divine poetry Mark Doty, Mark Doty is the author of several books of poetry, including "School of the Arts" and the memoir "Dog Years."
Sort of black like me Erin Aubry Kaplan, Erin Aubry Kaplan is a contributing editor to The Times' Opinion page.
Fields of battle Mark Lamster, Mark Lamster is writing a book about the political career of Peter Paul Rubens.
Tell me, tell me lies Amy Wilentz, Amy Wilentz is the author, most recently, of "I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger."
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Check back in 2011 Tony Quinn, Tony Quinn is co-editor of the California Target Book, a nonpartisan analysis of legislative and congressional elections.
Classic confusion Jeff Danziger, Jeff Danziger's editorial cartoons appear in The Times and other newspapers.
He's always been a tyrant James Kirchick, James Kirchick is assistant to the editor in chief of the New Republic and reported from Zimbabwe last year.
A formula to put babies at risk Wendy Orent, Wendy Orent is the author of "Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World's Most Dangerous Disease."
Coming to terms Steven Pinker, Steven Pinker is a professor in the department of psychology at Harvard University and author of "The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature."
Dueling diagnoses Ezra Klein, Ezra Klein is a staff writer at the American Prospect. He blogs at EzraKlein.com.
The fallout from Sputnik Matthew Brzezinski, Matthew Brzezinski, a former Wall Street Journal Moscow correspondent, is the author of "Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age."