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Post Mortem: February 24, 2008 - March 1, 2008

The Power of Words

I spent much of the day editing and updating our obituary of William F. Buckley Jr., the intellectual father of the modern conservative movement who died at his desk yesterday at age 82. The original story was written a few years ago by retired Post obituarist Bart Barnes, who graduated...

By Matt Schudel  |  February 27, 2008; 10:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Going Up in Smoke

My recent foray into The Post's reporting on the waning days of Walt Whitman got me to thinking about the passing of other notables from days gone by. I looked up Mark Twain, who occasionally visited Washington and who was mentioned in The Post more than 400 times before his...

By Joe Holley  |  February 26, 2008; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Staring at the Sun

You cannot stare straight into the face of the sun, or death. La Rochefoucauld True? I suspect so, not only when we dare scrutinize our own demise but also when we come face to face with the passing of a loved one. Maybe that's what's happening when I'm interviewing a...

By Joe Holley  |  February 25, 2008; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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