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Achenblog: March 20, 2005 - March 26, 2005

Hitting the Books

The blog is shutting down until next Wednesday, March 30, though this does not mean that we are getting lazy. No, it is time for meditation, spiritual renewal and the pursuit of wisdom. Mainly it's too rainy and chilly...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 25, 2005; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Barry Bonds and the Hall of Fame

Let's get way ahead of the Barry Bonds story and start speculating about whether he'll be a first-ballot inductee of the Hall of Fame. In case you haven't followed the latest plot twists in the Bonds soap, the slugger,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 24, 2005; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ashburn, Va.

Had a book talk last night at the public library in Ashburn, before an audience that consisted primarily of empty chairs. The organizers said it's Spring Break in the local schools, and everyone has left town. I would estimate...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 23, 2005; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Will the Last Conservative in Washington...

... please turn out the lights. The Schiavo case is just the latest evidence that the Republicans are all Kennedy-Johnson liberals when it comes to the role of government. The President gave us an open-ended guerilla war in Asia,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 22, 2005; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Archivists Up In Arms

There's nothing worse than waking up and learning that one of your favorite government programs faces a budget cut. Okay, so maybe waking up and discovering that your goiter has grown in the night. Or waking up and discovering...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 22, 2005; 6:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Brunch at the Cosmos Club

Yesterday I brunched at the Cosmos Club, which is a personal first. Normally I don't brunch, and have grave doubts about the propriety of using the word "brunch" as a verb. Go down that road and one will descend...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 21, 2005; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Freezer People

[My friend Lauri has just started a column for the Columbus (Ga.) Community News, and this piece shows her excellent comic timing. Humor is tough to write, because readers get really cranky if they think you're not very funny....

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 21, 2005; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Stairwell: Student Journalism Part 2

[Periodically I am going to post articles by my Georgetown students. This was one of our first assignments, to write a descriptive sketch. Students could describe anything, and Rob Anderson picked a library stairwell.] Campus stairwell at night By...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 21, 2005; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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David Duchovny

Here's my latest column, on David Duchovny. Notice how important the comma is in that sentence. I just emailed it to him, and he'll probably never speak to me again. Our friendship will have been sacrificed for the sake...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 20, 2005; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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