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What happened on May 11, 2008










  • Sour grapes over wine whining

  • Overkill

  • The city's haves and have-nots

  • Israel's unhappy birthday Benny Morris, Benny Morris is the author of many books about the Israeli-Arab conflict, including, most recently, "1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War."

  • A ceiling on development

  • Civilization's last chance Bill McKibben, Bill McKibben, a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and the author, most recently, of "The Bill McKibben Reader," is the co-founder of Project 350 (, devoted to reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million. A longer version of this article appears at

  • Outside looking in Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.

  • Who will perform for the arts? Michael Alexander, Michael Alexander is the executive director of Grand Performances and chairman of the California Arts Council.

  • An offer we should refuse

  • Classic moms Scott Huler, Scott Huler is the author of "No-Man's Lands: One Man's Odyssey Through 'The Odyssey.' "

  • The prophet of pensions Roger Lowenstein, Roger Lowenstein is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. His new book, "While America Aged," was published this month.

  • Forget the two-state solution Saree Makdisi, Saree Makdisi is a professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA and the author of "Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation," out this month from W.W. Norton.



  • Bestsellers

  • The West's wings Richard Eder, Richard Eder, a former Times book critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • Looking up Nick Owchar

  • The walls came tumbling down David L. Ulin

  • Unhappy days Deborah Vankin, Deborah Vankin is editor in chief of Metromix LA.

  • One day that shook the world Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith is a critic and the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."

  • Dangerous desire

  • Siege mentality Donna Rifkind, Donna Rifkind, a Los Angeles-based reviewer, has written for the Washington Post and the New York Times.

  • Vex machine RJ Smith, RJ Smith is the author of "The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance." He is a senior editor at Los Angeles magazine.

  • Left brain Art Winslow, Art Winslow, a former literary and executive editor of the Nation, writes frequently on books and culture.

  • Disconnect Ines Santos, Ines Santos is a Times staff writer.

  • God's cold, dark waters Minna Proctor, Minna Proctor is the author of "Do You Hear What I Hear? Religious Calling, the Priesthood, and My Father."

  • Let them eat pi Sara Lippincott, Sara Lippincott is an assistant editor of Book Review.


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