What happened on February 10, 2008
The Ohio Gang Tom Lutz, Tom Lutz, author of "Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America," directs the master's program in writing at UC Riverside's Palm Desert Graduate Center.
Disappearing acts David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Stolen identities James Marcus, James Marcus, author of "Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut," blogs at House of Mirth (housemirth.blogspot.com).
Pants on fire Erika Schickel, Erika Schickel is the author of "You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom."
Love, actually Susan Salter Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Outside the box Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is the author of the novel "The Suitors."
Dumbing down America Art Winslow, Art Winslow, a former literary editor and executive editor of the Nation magazine, writes frequently about books and culture.
Daddy dearest Richard Rayner, Richard Rayner is the author, most recently, of "The Associates" and writes the Paperback Writers column at latimes.com/books.
He wrote the West Peter Richardson, Peter Richardson is the author of "American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams." His book on the history and influence of Ramparts magazine will be published next year.
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A-ha-ha-choo! Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Every drop counts Heather Cooley, Heather Cooley is a senior research associate at the Pacific Institute, a nonpartisan think-tank based in Oakland.
Renewing his vows Tony Quinn, Tony Quinn is a former Republican legislative consultant who has written extensively on election-related issues.
I'll have the free-range Jell-O Charlotte Allen, Charlotte Allen is the author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus."
Fight on, Democrats Norman Ornstein, Norman Ornstein is a political scientist and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
Oh, brother! Jacob Weisberg, Jacob Weisberg is the editor of Slate and the author of "The Bush Tragedy" (Random House).
So who the *#%&$+ wants to know? Gustavo Arellano, Gustavo Arellano is a contributing editor to Opinion, author of the book "¡Ask a Mexican!" and a staff writer for the OC Weekly.
Not in his father's footsteps Rick Perlstein, Rick Perlstein is the author of the forthcoming "Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America."
Profit versus the prophet Joshua Kurlantzick, Joshua Kurlantzick is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of "Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power Is Transforming the World."