What happened on February 03, 2008
A classic, or a fraud? Philip L. Fradkin, Philip L. Fradkin is the author of 11 books about the American West and Alaska, including "Wallace Stegner and the American West," to be published this month.
Can a woman or a black man win? Mark Mellman, Mark Mellman is a Democratic pollster whose clients have included Sens. Harry Reid, Al Gore and Barbara Boxer.
Horse laughs Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Fighting the phone tax Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin is a presidential fellow at Chapman University and the author of "The City: A Global History."
My dirty tricks Allen Raymond, Allen Raymond is the author of "How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative."
Downsizing our dominance Fred Kaplan, Fred Kaplan is the national security columnist for Slate and the author of "Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power," due out this week.
Where Rudy went wrong Frank Luntz, Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster whose clients have included Rudolph W. Giuliani and Michael R. Bloomberg, is the author of "Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear."
A language too beautiful to lose David Treuer, David Treuer is the author of three novels, the most recent of which, "The Translation of Dr. Apelles," will be reissued this month in paperback by Vintage Books.
Gut issues Matthew Price, Matthew Price is a journalist and critic in New York.
Writer's block Susan Salter Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Love is a battlefield Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is a critic and the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
Fatal attraction Lizzie Skurnick, Lizzie Skurnick edits Old Hag, a literary blog. Her reviews have appeared in several publications, including the Baltimore Sun and the New York Times Book Review.
One times one Donna Rifkind, Donna Rifkind has written for the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Suspicious minds Marisa Silver, Marisa Silver is author of the short-story collection "Babe in Paradise" and the novel "No Direction Home." Her new novel, "The God of War," will be published in April.
Stalking Jim Crow Valerie Boyd, Valerie Boyd is the author of "Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston" and the forthcoming "Spirits in the Dark: The Untold Story of Black Women in Hollywood." She teaches journalism at the University of Georgia.
Strange brew Gina Piccalo, Gina Piccalo is a Times staff writer. Contact her at email@example.com.
A Nose for Niche Elizabeth Khuri, Elizabeth Khuri is assistant style editor of the magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just Say 'No' Nicole LaPorte, Nicole LaPorte is a Venice-based writer who covers the entertainment industry. Contact her at email@example.com.
Keep Off the Grass Christopher Hawthorne, Christopher Hawthorne is the architecture critic of The Times. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Broadview Christopher Knight
Seismic shift Rachel Abramowitz, Rachel Abramowitz is a Times staff writer. Contact her at rachel.abramowitz @latimes.com.
Star Treatment Charles Perry, Charles Perry is a staff writer with The Times' Food section. Contact him at email@example.com.
Cyrano de Bangalore Steffie Nelson, Steffie Nelson is a writer based in Echo Park. She has written for the New York Times, Variety and Monocle. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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