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Achenblog: November 18, 2007 - November 24, 2007

Mercury News Reponds; Plus Campaign Trail Blather and Turkey Chili Thoughts

You recall my ramblings about the San Jose Mercury News the other day. I've just gotten some feedback from Chris O'Brien, a Mercury News staff writer: 'As a member of the Rethink committee, I can tell you we're actually...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 23, 2007; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (208)
 
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A Corny Story

Thanksgiving went off without a hitch, including the spatchcocking of the turkey, which not only resulted in the desired moistness of the meat but enabled me to use the word "spatchcock" roughly 175 times over the course of the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 23, 2007; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Guest Kit: Ode to Autumn

An Ode to Autumn By: jack The trees in the yard began to set flowers and leaves this past March and were promptly hit with a late frost that denuded everything. I was surprised when the trees' flowers and...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 20, 2007; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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How to Save the San Jose Mercury News

Actually, I don't know how to save the San Jose Mercury News. I'm not a businessperson. I'm an artist. I devote my life to beauty, and literature, and the loftier aspirations of the species, specifically immediate sensual gratification. My...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 20, 2007; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (216)
 
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Dangerous Betty Friedan; Plus Drew Peterson

Somewhere along the line I came to think of Betty Friedan as the very mainstream mother of modern feminism, someone who dared to point out, back in the 1950s, that women were capable of much more than being housewives....

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 19, 2007; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mannix & Co.; Plus, Noah's Ark Explained

Neely Tucker precisely captures the lower-middle-brow appeal of Mannix. I remember that Mad magazine used to make fun of how Mannix was always getting beat up. Bruised, tie unkempt, a Scotch in his hand: Yep, that's our Mannix. Who...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 19, 2007; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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