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Heel, Boy!

WASHINGTON -- Behavioral scientists in France recently sent women out in the streets to ask passersby to take brief surveys (http://wapo.st/1vAd23h). Sometimes the women were wearing flats, sometimes medium-size heels and sometimes high heels. It ...

Publish and Perish

WASHINGTON -- I have a new book out, which means I'm giving a lot of interviews, which means I keep getting asked the question authors most often get asked, which is: Why did you write this book? This question keeps getting asked because it's one ...

You News, You Lose

WASHINGTON -- Current events have been so crummy of late that even good news seems to arrive with a bad-news rider attached. About four hours after news broke about a breakthrough with China on global warming, a turning point in the desperate race...

Mythunderstood

WASHINGTON -- You know those Five Myths About ... feature stories that have been proliferating in the media for years? The Washington Post was among the pioneers of the genre and remains one of its most illustrious practitioners. Are you sick of ...

Good Grief, Gene

WASHINGTON -- I went to Ben Bradlees funeral last month, determined not to do anything rude or stupid just to call attention to myself. Youd think this would be an easy job -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for example, is very good at it -- but it has ...

Gene Sort of Rambles Down Memory Lane

WASHINGTON -- In 1979, I changed careers. I had been a writer, but I decided to become an editor. The reason was that there was a woman with whom I wanted to have frequent sexual congress, but she lived in New York and I lived in Michigan. The ...