What happened on March 09, 2008
A hero complex Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Independent thinkers Susan Straight; Janet Fitch; Marisa Silver; Chris Abani; T. Jefferson Parker; Eric Lax; Yxta Maya Murray
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Mountain mayhem Antoine Wilson, Antoine Wilson is the author of the novel "The Interloper."
Reality bites back Ruben Martinez, Ruben Martinez, an English professor at Loyola Marymount University, is the author of a completely verifiable work of nonfiction, "Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail."
Plains people Thomas McGonigle, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "Going to Patchogue" and "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov."
Young and in love Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter writes the weekly Throttle Jockey column in The Times' Highway 1 section.
The rubber jungle Richard Rayner, Richard Rayner is the author, most recently, of "The Associates." He also writes the monthly Paperback Writers column at latimes.com/books.
The word geek Christine Smallwood, Christine Smallwood is associate literary editor at the Nation and co-editor of the Crier.
The last few chapters Veronique de Turenne, Veronique de Turenne blogs at latimes.com/LAnow and at www.laobserved.com/malibu/.
Days of infamy 'Smoke' and mirrors Mark Kurlansky, Mark Kurlansky is a journalist and the author, most recently, of "Nonviolence: 25 Lessons From the History of a Dangerous Idea."
Battle lines drawn Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Go away? Why should she? Leslie Bennetts, Leslie Bennetts, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is the author of "The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?"
The Nunez legacy Anthony York, Anthony York is the editor of Capitol Weekly, a newspaper of California government and politics.
Don't be cruel Joe Queenan, Joe Queenan writes frequently for Barron's, the New York Times Book Review and the Guardian.
Teach climate change Tom Wagner and Kathleen Gorski, Tom Wagner is the program director for Earth sciences for the U.S. Antarctic Program at the National Science Foundation. Kathleen Gorski is a science teacher and Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation. Their views are their own and do not reflect official views of the National Science Foundation.
Break out the shock and awe Michael Scheuer, Michael Scheuer worked at the CIA for 22 years. He was the first chief of its Osama bin Laden unit, and he helped create its rendition program, which he ran for 40 months. His newest book is "Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam after Iraq."
The Israel litmus test Aaron David Miller, Aaron David Miller, who served at the State Department as an advisor to six secretaries of State, is a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the author of the forthcoming "The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab/Israeli Peace."