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Achenblog: May 22, 2005 - May 28, 2005

Slowing Down in Hogtown

Back home, in Gainesville, also known as Hogtown. Gave the commencement speech last night, and the entire time I was writing it I kept forgetting that I was 44 and not 17 still. Admittedly, I'm a 17ish 44 --...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 27, 2005; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Commencement Speech -- Yikes

Probably no blog today, as I must fly to Florida and give a commencement talk (5 minutes -- enough time to clear my throat) at my old high school. All I can think of is that great Woody Allen...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 26, 2005; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Can You Un-Retract a Story?

What is the opposite of retracting a story? Re-inserting a story? Reaffirming a story? Retracting a retraction? What would happen if Newsweek retracted its retraction?...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 25, 2005; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Why Carrie Will Win

Mercifully this is the last week when I'll have to mention American Idol. I only watch it in a pathetic attempt to connect with mainstream American culture. After this, I'm back on the porch with my science magazines, my...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 25, 2005; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Newborn in Danger at White House

Front of the Post and the Times, a picture of the president breathing his germs all over a newborn. As a parent I am appalled, consternated, and atwitter with outrage. The baby is a month old and has no...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 25, 2005; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Fisher's Online "Radio" Show

Today I was guest on my friend Marc Fisher's new radio show, or whatever he calls it -- it's this online call-in thing that's like a talk radio show, only he has dispensed with the annoying requirement of owning...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 24, 2005; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Moderates on the Rampage!

Where were they when we needed them? The moderates have been in hiding for years, burrowed into their secret habitats, like mammals in the age of dinosaurs. Finally they have emerged, found strength in numbers -- who knew there...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 24, 2005; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Michael Connelly

Just read "City of Bones," by Michael Connelly. I met him once at a very strange event in Fort Lauderdale (click here to read all about it). He's the reincarnation of Raymond Chandler. As Yardley said recently in a...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 23, 2005; 9:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Hanging Up the Toga For Now

I need to mail off the final papers to the students, who have scattered, most of them now owners of a college degree. In the meantime I wrote up a memoir of the semester, a lot of lies actually,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 23, 2005; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Blogs and Journalistic Standards

According to Howie, right-wing conservatives say that mainstream journalists are anti-military and have been since Vietnam. I must be reading the wrong papers and watching the wrong news channels. Seems to me that journalists, for the most part, admire...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 23, 2005; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Achenkid responds!

This just in from Miss P. Achenbach, age 14: "And now a word from a "ridiculous" kid - a.k.a. your sponsor. "I would like to congratulate you for being able to spot a rich kid by looking at their...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 22, 2005; 9:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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