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Our Hero Has a Poetic Encounter

Gene Weingarten is away. This column originally ran in 2002.

WASHINGTON -- I cant tell you how pleased and proud I was to discover that one of my high school classmates has become a famous poet. I cant tell you that because the fact is, I ...

A Wonton Abuse of Power

WASHINGTON -- Q: How are the mirthless leaders of Chinas repressive, totalitarian communist regime exactly like readers of American newspapers?

A: Both have an unhinged hatred of puns.

Youve probably seen the recent stories about how the Chinese...

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...