What happened on March 16, 2008
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You snooze . . . Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a critic whose reviews appear in a variety of publications, including Newsday and the Boston Globe.
Brief sparks flashing David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
No escape Paul Wilner, Bay Area writer Paul Wilner is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
Kung pao power Seth Faison, Seth Faison, a former China correspondent for the New York Times, is the author of "South of the Clouds: Exploring the Hidden Realms of China."
Drawn and quartered Geoff Boucher, Geoff Boucher is a Times staff writer.
The enemy within Donna Seaman, Donna Seaman is an editor for Booklist and host of the radio program "Open Books," on Chicago Public Radio and www.openbooksradio.org.
Get lost! Ben Ehrenreich, Ben Ehrenreich is the author of the novel "The Suitors," which is, not coincidentally, loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey."
Just tell the story Douglas Brinkley, Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University, is the author of numerous books, including "The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast."
The LAPD's assault on SWAT Robert C.J. Parry, Robert C.J. Parry is a businessman working on a book about his experiences in the Army National Guard in Iraq.
Wiretapping's true danger Julian Sanchez, Julian Sanchez is a Washington writer who studies privacy and surveillance.
The Bard as pundit Jess Winfield, Jess Winfield co-founded the Reduced Shakespeare Company and is the author of "What Would Shakespeare Do?" His first novel, "My Name is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs and Shakespeare," is due out in July.
Luv that guv Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Running away from home Tony Quinn, Tony Quinn was a member of the Assembly Republican Caucus staff in the 1970s and 1980s.
Europe does it better Theodore Dalrymple, Theodore Dalrymple is the author of "Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses."
War's price tag Linda J. Bilmes and Joseph E. Stiglitz, Linda J. Bilmes, a lecturer on public finance at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, is a former assistant secretary of Commerce. Joseph Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University, is a former chief economist of the World Bank and winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics. They are the coauthors of "The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict."