What happened on May 25, 2008
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
At home in the dark Susan Straight, Susan Straight lives in Riverside and is the author of six novels, most recently "A Million Nightingales."
Cubicle crucible Samantha Dunn, Samantha Dunn is the author of the novel "Failing Paris" and the nonfiction book "Faith in Carlos Gomez."
The big empty Louis P. Masur, Louis P. Masur is director of American studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and is the author of "The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America."
Culture shift Michael Levitin, Michael Levitin is a freelance journalist based in Berlin.
Unfettered and alive Leslie Brody, Leslie Brody is writing a biography of Jessica Mitford.
Cage of bones Christine Smallwood, Christine Smallwood is associate literary editor at the Nation and co-editor of the Crier.
True confessions Judith Freeman, Judith Freeman is the author, most recently, of "The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved."
Here comes the snide Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Really cold cases Joe Queenan, Joe Queenan is a New York-based writer.
The times I didn't get married Robin Rauzi, Robin Rauzi is an articles editor for The Times' Op-Ed page.
In Bradley's shadow Raphael J. Sonenshein, Raphael J. Sonenshein, a political scientist at Cal State Fullerton, is the author of "Politics in Black and White: Race and Power in Los Angeles."
JPL's lucky star? Tim Cavanaugh, Tim Cavanaugh is the editor of Web content for The Times' editorial pages.
Patching it up John Sides, John Sides is an assistant professor in the department of political science at George Washington University. He blogs at themonkeycage.org.
Why don't you all f-fade away? Meghan Daum, Meghan Daum is a columnist for the Op-Ed page of The Times.