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Achenblog: April 17, 2005 - April 23, 2005

Prime Time in Tasmania!

Got an email from my friend Andrea Sutcliffe, who wrote a nifty book titled "Steam." It's a very steamy book. It's about steamboats and the steam era in early America. C-Span's BookTV recently taped us as we spoke on...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 22, 2005; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Went to the ballgame at RFK yesterday afternoon with Von Drehle, we didn't have to make any excuses because we're journalists and everything is potentially material, and really we were doing our jobs, and needed to bring along our...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 22, 2005; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Can't Pry Him From the Porch

Porch Season is in full throttle. I do most of my work and the vast majority of my goofing off on the porch, as well as a fair bit of my idle fantasizing and all of my evil scheming....

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 21, 2005; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Traumatized by George Will

I may not be able to blog today because I feel so traumatized, really just battered to within an inch of my life, by George Will's column on the therapy culture. He is not merely criticizing the softness of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 21, 2005; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Summer, and a good yarn

Stomped around at lunchtime, and clearly summer has arrived, which is excellent, as spring is by far the most overrated season. Spring is a lie. Nature masquerades as an enterprise of beauty, love and gentleness, when in fact it's...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 20, 2005; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rolling Stone top 100 list

Just came across this list from Rolling Stone of the top 100 rock & roll artists of all time, and the absence of KC and the Sunshine Band, The Gap Band, the Ohio Players and Iron Butterfly strikes me...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 20, 2005; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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"Secular"

The word "secular" has become fashionable. To me it sounds slightly euphemistic. To say that Howard Dean, for example, is a "secular" person is a way that a polite person can avoid saying he's a heathen destined for the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 20, 2005; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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New NASA boss Michael Griffin

The other day I went to the first press conference of the new NASA administrator, Michael Griffin, who has the daunting job of turning around a space agency that's got all sorts of challenges (starting with getting the shuttle...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 20, 2005; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Marla Ruzicka

You may have heard about the human-rights worker killed on the airport road in Baghdad. Here's a tribute by Tara McKelvey in The American Prospect....

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 19, 2005; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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From the Balcony

That was about as dramatic as it gets. What a great camera angle: From behind Cardinal Ratzinger -- excuse me, make that Pope Benedict XVI -- as he stands on the balcony. The coverage had described Ratzinger as the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 19, 2005; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lifespans Getting Shorter??

In the piece today about the food pyramid revisions -- and excuse me, but don't they revise that dang thing about every six months? --there's a quote from a guy saying, "If we don't change these trends, our children...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 19, 2005; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Knowing Your Song

Everyone should have a song. It should be YOUR SONG. When you walk into a room, other people start singing it. I got this from a surprise birthday party the other night, in a pool hall, where my friend...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 19, 2005; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Latest Rough Draft column: My mailbox

I may be running out of material. This is the nightmare scenario. I figured I could last as a weekly magazine columnist for at least six months, but perhaps that was delusional. I had a backlog of columns, but...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 17, 2005; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ice Racing: Student Journalism Part 4

[Occasionally I've been posting stories written by my Georgetown students. This is a fine piece, very polished I thought, by Phil Marcelo. It's about some utterly crazy sport called ice racing. His descriptions are as sharp as the studs...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 17, 2005; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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