What happened on November 30, 2008
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What leads us to temptation Richard Eder, Eder, a former Times book critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
A mosaic from shattered pieces Susan Salter Reynolds, Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
He wants action Choire Sicha, Sicha is a freelance writer.
Mighty societies, miniature citizens M.G. Lord, Lord's latest book is "Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science."
Classroom and cathedral Douglas Brinkley, Brinkley is professor of history at Rice University and author of the forthcoming "The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt's Crusade for America, 1858-1919."
A season's gratings Tom Roston, Roston is a freelance writer.
She has to laugh Rachel Abramowitz, Abramowitz is a Times staff writer.
Laughing all the way down Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Terrorism in India has many faces Martha Nussbaum, Martha Nussbaum is a professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago. Her books include "The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future" (2007) and "Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America's Tradition of Religious Equality" (2008).
Messages at a skid row mission Camilo Jose Vergara, Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara's book, "How The Other Half Worships," was published in 2005.
The GOP's McCarthy gene Neal Gabler, Neal Gabler is the author of many books, including, most recently, "Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination."
It is time for Dad to die Diana Wagman, Diana Wagman is the author of the novels "Skin Deep," "Spontaneous" and "Bump."