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Achenblog: April 3, 2005 - April 9, 2005

More Blasphemy from the Idiot

Apparently some readers did not like the previous item. Said I'm an idiot (but maybe they mean that in the best sense of the word). It is possible that that item, and its tone, did not properly commemorate the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 8, 2005; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Funeral

As has been the case for the last week or so, I've had Catholic Envy today. Love the pageantry, the Scripture, the robes, the swinging incense, the cool Eastern Orthodox headgear, the water splashed on the coffin, the aerial...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 8, 2005; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Blog Brainstorming Session

Yesterday I went to dot.com, over in Arlington, for a sit-down with Jim and Hal. Jim is the boss over there, and Hal is the person who, as I've noted previously, secretly wants to take over my blog. Naturally...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 7, 2005; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Peter Jennings

The disturbing news about what appears to be an advanced case of lung cancer has to be coupled with awe at the gracefulness with which Peter Jennings told the world last night. Look at the clip on our web...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 6, 2005; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Saul Bellow

The short list of greatest living American writers must now be revised, as Saul Bellow is no longer among us. For some reason when I think of Bellow I always flash on a character in "Humbolt's Gift," or perhaps...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 5, 2005; 9:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Man from Planet Brainiac

Books by Washington Post writers have won Pulitzers for three years in a row, once in history and twice now in general non-fiction (Atkinson, Applebaum, Coll). And just a quick glance around my immediate part of the newsroom, I...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 5, 2005; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rough Draft: Spring Break

Here's my latest shameful column. Or do I mean shameless. Question mark. I am worried that Rough Draft has become nothing more than an ode to immaturity in middle age. I need more columns about important topics, like global...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 5, 2005; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cathedrals of Mars

The second structure built on Mars, after the habitation module, will be a church. The third structure will be a science lab. I got thinking about this on Friday, during a conversation with a fellow who would like to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 4, 2005; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Truly Hideous Basketball

Went to a basketball game yesterday at MCI. The Wizards had a bad game. The other team, the Pacers, had a bad game. The referees had a bad game. I thought the guy selling popcorn had a bad game....

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 4, 2005; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ending the Suspense

Because the world can't stand the suspense any longer, here are the authors of the 15 excerpts posted here a couple days ago: 1-3: Annie Dillard 4: Wallace Stegner 5. S. J. Perelman [Um, actually it's E.B. White. Silly...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 4, 2005; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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