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What happened on April 13, 2008

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  • 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.

  • For the record

  • Common sense, or protection?

  • 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.

  • Dire need to protect patients

  • Save, recycle and innovate

  • Arnold vs. Arnold Joe Mathews, Joe Mathews is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.

  • He still counts Swati Pandey, Swati Pandey, an assistant articles editor for the Times' opinion pages.

  • Personal history Swati Pandey, Swati Pandey, an assistant articles editor for the Times' opinion pages.

  • Change drug laws

  • Don't be dense Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky represents the 3rd District.

  • 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.

  • Tell us another one

  • Tax and spend with a twist Hal Clifford, Hal Clifford is the executive editor of Orion magazine.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bestsellers

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • 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."

  • A force to be reckoned with Susan Salter Reynolds, Times Staff Writer.

  • This Week in Calendar

  • Hard-boiled robot Kristina Lindgren

  • A man of gravitas Sara Lippincott, Sara Lippincott is an assistant editor of Book Review.

  • Will's missus Jack Lynch, Jack Lynch is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University and the author of "Becoming Shakespeare."

  • 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.

  • Aftermaths Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter writes The Times' weekly Throttle Jockey column for Highway 1.

  • Uncharted courses Richard Eder, Richard Eder, a former Times book critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.

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