What happened on April 13, 2008
Men who explain things Rebecca Solnit, Rebecca Solnit is the author of many books including "A Field Guide to Getting Lost," "River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West" and "Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities." A longer version of this article appears at Tomdispatch.com.
The bigger picture Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
He still counts Swati Pandey, Swati Pandey, an assistant articles editor for the Times' opinion pages.
Tax and spend with a twist Hal Clifford, Hal Clifford is the executive editor of Orion magazine.
Target: Bin Laden Steve Coll, Steve Coll, president of the New America Foundation and a staff writer at the New Yorker, is the author of "The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century." His previous book, "Ghost Wars," won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 2005.
Don't be dense Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky represents the 3rd District.
Personal history Swati Pandey, Swati Pandey, an assistant articles editor for the Times' opinion pages.
Arnold vs. Arnold Joe Mathews, Joe Mathews is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
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A man of gravitas Sara Lippincott, Sara Lippincott is an assistant editor of Book Review.
The monk behind the myth Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch's next book, due out this fall, is "The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God."
Uncharted courses Richard Eder, Richard Eder, a former Times book critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Aftermaths Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter writes The Times' weekly Throttle Jockey column for Highway 1.
Deconstructing the critic Bruce Bauman, Bruce Bauman is the author of the novel "And the Word Was." He is senior editor of Black Clock magazine.
Scene of the crime Carolyn Kellogg, Carolyn Kellogg is the lead blogger for the Jacket Copy blog at www.latimes.com/books. She is also the host of www.pinkyspaperhaus.com.
Will's missus Jack Lynch, Jack Lynch is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University and the author of "Becoming Shakespeare."
Liars and cheats Richard Rayner, Richard Rayner is the author, most recently, of "The Associates." He also writes the monthly Paperback Writers column at latimes.com/books.