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Achenblog: February 20, 2005 - February 26, 2005

Hal trying to take over, etc.

I just asked my friend Jack Shafer to send in a critique of this blog. He's going to destroy me. I am dead. I quit right now. Here's something Jack wrote the other day in Slate. (I didn't know...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 25, 2005; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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More Random Jabbering

Every morning I have a life-affirming ritual: I wake up, feed the cats, make some coffee, take my cup onto the back porch and examine the glories of the dawn, and then go back inside and continue reading Jared...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 25, 2005; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A snowy morning

There's a light snow outside and the city is pretty much shutting down. Schools are closed. Everyone can sleep late, except for the emergency personnel, the snowplow drivers and the bloggers. Like my friend Angus I always pray for...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 24, 2005; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Von Drehle Rules

Yesterday I didn't blog, because once again I had to do real journalism, specifically write my Rough Draft column, which is my primary job. The blog isn't even my secondary job, or even tertiary, but is more like quaternary...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 24, 2005; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Bar Bouncer: Student Journalism Part 1

I'm going to start posting some of the work produced by my Georgetown students. This first example, by Rebecca Regan-Sachs, shows a fine eye for detail and a good ear for dialogue. I'm going to trim it a little...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 24, 2005; 6:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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More on Hunter S. Thompson

Everyone should read the masterful appreciation of Thompson by the incomparable Henry Allen, who has a better bead than anyone on the crazy decades of the Sixties and Seventies (as you probably know he wrote a book on "the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 22, 2005; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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An Appreciation of Hunter S. Thompson

"Hunter, I know you're there. Pick up." Walter Isaacson, head of the Aspen Institute, had put in a call to Hunter S. Thompson, the iconic gonzo journalist who died Sunday at the age of 67. Michael Lewis and I...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 21, 2005; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Solo Dad Part 6

Some of my friends have generously said, "Can we be of any help?", but they back away as soon as I ask them to vacuum, do the laundry, meet with my youngest kid's teacher and work on my taxes....

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 20, 2005; 9:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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