What happened on April 20, 2008
Sly Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Bedtime stories Rupert Smith, Rupert Smith, whose alter-ego is James Lear, is a novelist based in Britain. Lear's "The Palace of Varieties" has just been reissued by Cleis Press.
A real blast JOEL PETT, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Throw out the tax code Mark Paul, Mark Paul, senior scholar at the New America Foundation, was formerly deputy treasurer of California and deputy editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee.
Stuck in the middle Judith Miller, Judith Miller, a former reporter for the New York Times, is a contributing editor at Manhattan Institute's City Journal.
Turn the other cheek, or pop him on the nose? Mark Kurlansky, Mark Kurlansky is the author of "Salt: A World History" and "A Basque History of the World," among other books. His most recent book, "Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea," is being published in paperback this month.
Should cops be la migra? Monica Varsanyi, Monica Varsanyi is an assistant professor of the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University.
Talking to ourselves Susan Jacoby, Susan Jacoby is the author of "The Age of American Unreason."
Pursuing the polluters David Feige, David Feige, a former public defender, is the author of "Indefensible: One Lawyer's Journey Into the Inferno of American Justice."
Outlaw lore Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn, The Times' former pop music critic, is writing a memoir about his four decades of covering rock 'n' roll.
Lighting up the past Marc Weingarten, Marc Weingarten is the author of "The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, Capote and the New Journalism Revolution."
Unconquered Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel's latest book is "Film on Paper," a collection of his book reviews, which will be published this month by Ivan R. Dee.
Myth interpreting Jay Parini, Jay Parini, a poet and novelist, is the author, most recently, of "Why Poetry Matters."
Talk dirty to me Tara Ison, Tara Ison is the author, most recently, of "The List."
A singular breed Elizabeth Mehren, Elizabeth Mehren is a professor of journalism at Boston University and a lifelong dog person.