What happened on April 27, 2008
The old, weird America Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is the author of the novel "The Suitors."
Dream weavings David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Quiet despair Beau Friedlander, Beau Friedlander, former publisher of Context Books, lives and writes in Brooklyn.
Cast away James Gibbons, James Gibbons is associate editor at the Library of America.
Hide and seek Eric Banks, Eric Banks is the former editor in chief of BookForum.
Free radical Abe Peck, Abe Peck is chair of journalism and cross-media storytelling at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He is the author of "Uncovering the Sixties: The Life and Times of the Underground Press."
Cancerland Diana Wagman, Diana Wagman, a professor at Cal State Long Beach, is the author of the novels "Skin Deep," "Spontaneous" and "Bump."
A shot resounds Brigitte Frase, Brigitte Frase is working on a memoir about immigration to the U.S. from postwar Germany.
Pick A Dozen Melissa Magsaysay, Times Staff Writer
Rock Garden Melissa Magsaysay and Booth Moore, Times Staff Writers
Give me the lesson without the spin Matthew LaClair, Matthew LaClair is a high school student in Kearny, N.J.
They're all related Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Let's just vote the bums in already Douglas W. Kmiec, Douglas W. Kmiec is a professor of law at Pepperdine University.
The NBA is the USA Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler is the author of many books, including "Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination" and "Life: the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."
The IMF's dwindling fortunes Mark Weisbrot, Mark Weisbrot is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington. (www.cepr.net).
Quit twisting my words James Q. Wilson, James Q. Wilson teaches public policy at Pepperdine University and previously taught at UCLA and Harvard. He is the author of many books. Most recently, he was the co-editor of "Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation."
A new style of turncoat James Bamford, James Bamford is the author of two books on the National Security Agency, "The Puzzle Palace" and "Body of Secrets." His most recent book is "A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies."
What kind of park does L.A. need? Martin Kaplan, Martin Kaplan is the Norman Lear professor of entertainment, media and society at USC's Annenberg School for Communication.
Need To Know Rosemary McClure, Vani Rangachar, Hugo Martin, Susan Spano
Seattle Stew S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
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