What happened on March 02, 2008
The Empire Lives Here Geoff Boucher, Geoff Boucher is a Times staff writer. Contact him at email@example.com.
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Laughing to the end Jane Smiley, Jane Smiley is the author of many novels and works of nonfiction.
A kind of space odyssey Margaret Wertheim, Margaret Wertheim is the author of "The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space From Dante to the Internet."
East Side story David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
America on the job Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is a critic and the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
Theories of possibility Sara Lippincott, Sara Lippincott is an assistant editor of Book Review.
Life off the grid Judith Lewis, Judith Lewis is a staff writer for LA Weekly.
Mud and blood, brushes and ink Clancy Sigal, Clancy Sigal is a screenwriter and novelist. His most recent book is the memoir "A Woman of Uncertain Character."
Graphic designs on a story Edward Champion, Edward Champion hosts a cultural website at www.edrants.com.
The power of desire Nina Revoyr, Nina Revoyr's new novel, "The Age of Dreaming," will be published in April.
Crying wolf over bioterror Wendy Orent, Wendy Orent is the author of "Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World's Most Dangerous Disease."
What's our sign? D.J. Waldie, D.J. Waldie, a contributing editor to The Times, is the coauthor with Diane Keaton of "California Romantica."
O Captain, my captain Brendan Greeley, Brendan Greeley is the multimedia editor of the Economist.
Primary targets Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Unsnarling traffic can be a mess Marc B. Haefele, Marc B. Haefele is a commentator for KPCC-FM (89.3) and writes for Citybeat, Citywatch and Nomada magazine of Buenos Aires.
The end of the 'guilty Israeli' Yossi Klein Halevi, Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow in the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and author of "At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for Hope with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land."
Taking race out of the race Abigail Thernstrom and Stephan Thernstrom, Abigail Thernstrom is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Stephan Thernstrom is a professor of history at Harvard University. They are the coauthors of "America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible," published in 1997.