What happened on January 27, 2008
Love, madness, mystery Sven Birkerts, Sven Birkerts is the author of, most recently, "The Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again."
Company men Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is the author of many books, including "Elia Kazan: A Biography." His next book, "Film on Paper," will be published this spring.
A torrent of words Richard Eder, Richard Eder, a former Times book critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Money for nothing Carolyn Kellogg, Carolyn Kellogg hosts the literary blog Pinky's Paperhaus at www.pinkyspaperhaus.com.
Us and them Natalie Moore, Natalie Moore is a writer based in Cambridge, Mass.
Running on empty David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
The theater of war Thomas McGonigle, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "Going to Patchogue" and "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov."
Happy places Antoine Wilson, Antoine Wilson is the author of "The Interloper."
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Unity isn't all it's cracked up to be Ezra Klein, Ezra Klein is a staff writer at the American Prospect. His blog can be found at EzraKlein.com.
This primary is secondary Ethan Rarick, Ethan Rarick is the author of "California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown" and the forthcoming "Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West."
Wrong way for teen drivers Mike Males, Mike Males is senior researcher for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco and principal investigator/content director for the online information service YouthFacts.org.
Stumbles and falls Anthony York, Anthony York is the editor of Capitol Weekly, a newspaper of California government and politics.
Outside the box Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Pharma's queasy feeling Melody Petersen, Melody Petersen covered the drug industry for the New York Times from 1999 to 2003, and is the author of "Our Daily Meds," which will be published in March.
Capitalizing on disaster Naomi Klein, Naomi Klein is the author of "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism."
You bet your life Ian Ayres, Ian Ayres is a professor at Yale Law School and co-founder, with Dean Karlan, of stickK.com.