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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Looks like I picked the right week to keep working at the Reader

Posted By on 09.17.09 at 01:24 PM

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I realize I'm biased, but there's some really, really good stuff this week.

Mick Dumke on Rod Blagojevich's new book:

"As a purported fan of the classics, Blagojevich should have been able to recognize that his story is all about hubris. Mell thought he was smart enough to make a candidate of a guy he found in his living room, get him elected to any office he wanted, and enjoy the spoils. Rezko and Kelly thought they were smart enough to buy their own access to those spoils. Blagojevich thought he was smart enough to use Mell and Rezko and their ilk to get where he wanted, then pretend they didn't exist while he spouted platitudes on TV and left the business of running the state to his aides."

Ben Joravsky on how the whole Blago/Mell disaster is the Reader's fault, according to Blago:

"Incidentally, I have no particular grudge against Blagojevich. I've never even spoken to the guy. And, I've actually been liking him more and more since his fall. Yes, his book is filled with self-pity and distortions—his account of how he began his career as a crusading reformer is particularly laughable—but I still hope one day he'll emerge as the Jose Canseco of Illinois politics, the guy who says, yeah, I did it—and now I'm going to tell you about the other guys who did too."

Deanna Isaacs on an under-reported European study about the negative effects of the Olympics on tourism:

"A fascinating read on this subject is the Olympic Report by the European Tour Operators Association (2006, updated in 2008), which came to the conclusion that 'there appears to be little evidence of any benefit to tourism of hosting an Olympic Games, and considerable evidence of damage.'"

Related: we've posted an archive of our best reporting and writing on the Olympic bid.

Michael Miner on how the Sun-Times could radically reinvent itself:

"How neatly this dovetails with the mess the Sun-Times finds itself in! It already pays less attention to breaking news—with its staff it has no choice. But what a boon it would be for writers like Michael Sneed and Richard Roeper if their new orders were to inquire and reflect instead of to fill a weekly quota of star turns."

And of course the Nest Issue, which may be my favorite story to post every year.

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