What happened on September 14, 2008
To absent men Dana Goodyear, Dana Goodyear is a staff writer at the New Yorker. She is the author of the book of poems "Honey and Junk."
Bend it like Beck Richard Cromelin, Special to The Times
Feeling the heat Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
Making the scene Charles McNulty, Times Theater Critic
Telling his side and her side Thomas Lynch, Thomas Lynch is a poet and essayist whose books include "Bodies in Motion and at Rest" and a forthcoming book of fictions from W.W. Norton.
The lion in winter James Marcus, James Marcus is the author of "Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut" and blogs at House of Mirth (housemirth.blogspot.com).
Connubial flotsam and jetsam Jim Ruland, Jim Ruland is the author of the short story collection "Big Lonesome."
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Palin, Chapter 2 Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Willow, weep for us Joe Queenan, Joe Queenan writes frequently for Barron's, the New York Times Book Review and the Guardian.
Intrepid, indomitable, illegal Dad Gustavo Arellano, Gustavo Arellano is a contributing editor to Opinion and author of the ¡Ask a Mexican! column in the OC Weekly. His new book, "Orange County: A Personal History," comes out Tuesday.
The endangered Endangered Species Act Andrew E. Wetzler, Andrew E. Wetzler is director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Endangered Species Project.