What happened on November 02, 2008
As Sammy's star imploded Rich Cohen, Cohen is the author, most recently, of "Sweet and Low: A Family Story."
Auer to Heifetz to ... Constance Meyer, Meyer is a freelance writer.
Something in the air Chris Daley, Daley is a Los Angeles-based writer.
A scene of hustle and flow Chris Lee and Charlie Amter, Lee and Amter are Times staff writers.
Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds, Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
No names, please -- we're British Richard Eder, Eder, a former Times book critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
Orwell: the first man David L. Ulin, Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Pilgrims' sermons echo in Sarah Vowell's ears Erika Schickel, Schickel is the author of "You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
The first test Robert D. Kaplan, Robert D. Kaplan is a national correspondent for the Atlantic and a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington.
Drawing near to the finish line Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
An all-consuming American fever Judith Freeman, Judith Freeman is the author, most recently, of "The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved," published in paperback later this month.