What happened on November 23, 2008
Paradox and power in Iran Reza Aslan, Aslan is the author of "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam" and the forthcoming "How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terrror."
The man who brought Iceland in from the cold Bill Holm, Holm's many books include "The Windows of Brimnes: An American in Iceland" and "The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere on Earth."
In Oz, without his pride Kate Bernheimer, Bernheimer is editor of the journal "Fairy Tale Review." Her most recent novel is "The Complete Tales of Merry Gold."
Mulling the ultimate ending Heller McAlpin, McAlpin reviews books for a variety of publications, including Newsday and the Boston Globe.
Back to the land John Horn, Horn is a Times staff writer.
Clive James gets all poetical Benjamin Lytal, Lytal teaches at the Pratt Institute and writes fiction.
Prop. 8 rifts put industry on edge Rachel Abramowitz and Tina Daunt, Abramowitz and Daunt are Times staff writers.
Need To Know Catharine Hamm, Susan Spano, Jane Engle and Susan Derby
Seeing green in San Diego Scott Martelle, Martelle, a freelance writer, is the author of "Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West."
Lap of luxury Russ Parsons, Parsons is a Times staff writer.
Amsterdam bliss Elizabeth Mehren, Mehren is a freelance writer and professor of journalism at Boston University.
Legoland's own small world Christopher Reynolds, Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
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Gobbles and guffaws Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Multipolar moment A. Wess Mitchell, A. Wess Mitchell is co-founder and director of research at the Center for European Policy Analysis.
America's muscle: Detroit steel Ellen Slezak, Ellen Slezak is the author of "All These Girls," a novel, and "Last Year's Jesus," a collection of stories.
Vanishing points Mark Ruwedel, Mark Ruwedel's "Westward the Course of Empire" is on exhibit until Dec. 27 at Gallery Luisotti at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Ruwedel is a professor of photography at Cal State Long Beach.
The man who made S.F. modern Josh Getlin, Josh Getlin, a former Times staff writer, was a deputy press secretary and speechwriter for the late Mayor George R. Moscone.