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Achenblog: May 14, 2006 - May 20, 2006

Authors Galore: Michael Pollan, Chris Rose et al

All the book people are here. Last night we had a reception at the Post and I think I may have accidentally signed a contract to write another book no one will read. That can happen at BookExpo America...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 19, 2006; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (208)
 
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Are UFO Aliens from Proxima Centauri?

Recently I received an email from former NASA scientist Henry Harris, who figures in my book "Captured By Aliens." Harris continues to speculate on the possibility that Earth has been, or is being, visited by entities from another planet....

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 17, 2006; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (327)
 
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Why Johnny Won't Read

After yesterday's discussion, it has become apparent that many people have not read the contemporary novels sanctioned by The New York Times. One possible explanation is that the new canon of The Times is ridiculous on its face, dismissive of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 16, 2006; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Too Many Books

This is the big book week in Washington, which hosts BookExpo America 2006, and perhaps the industry will get together and decide to reduce drastically the number of books, as well as their girth, heft, density and general overreliance on...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 15, 2006; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Termite Hindguts and the Copernican Principle

The birds are trilling their love songs, the jasmine spraying the air with fragrance. A spring day. I'm at my familiar spot on the back porch. It is good to be alive. I'm reading a book that is not...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 14, 2006; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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