What happened on May 04, 2008
Fairness, idealism and other atrocities P.J. O'Rourke, P.J. O'Rourke, a correspondent for the Weekly Standard and the Atlantic, is the author, most recently, of "On The Wealth of Nations." A longer version of this article appears in Change magazine, which reports on trends and issues in higher education.
Does your brain have a mind of its own? Gary Marcus, Gary Marcus, a professor of psychology at New York University, is the author, most recently, of "Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind."
At the end of the road Douglas Brinkley, Douglas Brinkley, a 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." He also wrote the introduction to Michael Eastman's book of photographs, "Vanishing America," which is being published by Rizzoli this month.
Cloak and stagger Leonard S. Spector and Avner Cohen, Leonard S. Spector directs the Washington office of the Monterey Institute's James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Avner Cohen is a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington and the author of "Israel and the Bomb."
Wright and wrongs Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Instant extinction lotto Mark Slouka, Mark Slouka is the author, most recently, of the novel "The Visible World" and a professor of English language and literature at the University of Chicago.
Political foreclosure Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin is a presidential fellow at Chapman University and the author of "The City: A Global History." He is writing a book on the American future.
An industrial-strength conundrum for L.A. Bill Christopher, Bill Christopher is an urban planner and a former member of the city Planning Commission.
A Work in Progress CHARLES KOPPELMAN, Screenwriter and producer Charles Koppelman lives in Berkeley. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just Don't Call It Dating Amy Albert, Amy Albert is a senior associate editor at Bon Appetit magazine. Contact her at email@example.com.
The Political Wild Card: Love Samantha Dunn and Samantha Dunn is the author of the novel "Failing Paris" and the nonfiction book "Faith in Carlos Gomez." Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Son, the Chef Laurie winer, Laurie Winer is a contributing editor at the magazine. Contact her at email@example.com.
What's the Secret to a Political Marriage That Works? Joe Mathews, Joe Mathews is a former staff writer in The Times' Washington bureau and the author of "The People's Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy." Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pitch Me Smart MICHAEL WRIGHT, Michael Wright is senior vice president in charge of Turner Entertainment Networks' Content Creation Group. Contact him at email@example.com.
Lord of the Rings Dan Neil, Times staff writer Dan Neil can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Villa Most Fragrant Barbara Thornburg, Barbara Thornburg is senior style editor of the magazine. Contact her at email@example.com.
She Who Unties the Knots Jessica Gelt, Jessica Gelt is a Times staff writer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
All for a song Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter writes The Times' weekly Throttle Jockey column for Highway 1.
Book retort David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
The A lists Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is the author of many books, including, most recently, "Film on Paper."
A cold case Carol Anshaw, Carol Anshaw is the author of the novels "Aquamarine," "Seven Moves" and "Lucky in the Corner."
State of a union Louisa Thomas, Louisa Thomas is a writer living in Berlin.
A league of his own David Davis, David Davis is a contributing writer at Los Angeles magazine.
Primal noir James Sallis, James Sallis is the author, most recently, of "Salt River."