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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 James Atlas got fired at The New Yorker. I loved, revered and worshipped the Atlas piece in the New Yorker just a few years back on the topic of "failure." Guess the poor fellow has more material now.)

Hal at said I shouldn't post really long items because they may drive people away. There goes my plan to put the Summa Theologica on the blog. Darn! Hal also says I should find a way to blog even on days when I'm not blogging. I can post old items, maybe, or let other people (like Hal! Trying to take over the blog!) post stuff. The problem is, I kind of prefer less material on the blog rather than more. Our society has too much information and chatter and blah-blah as it is. A mature writer has to have the gift of silence. This isn't a real blog, because it has a lot of quiet time. It's peaceful. It's inert. It's not too linky. It's just right. Hal, I like me.

By the way, for those who missed it, here's my appreciation of Hunter S. Thompson.

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 25, 2005; 4:22 PM ET
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