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April 03, 2008


Robert Teeter

Speaking as a librarian in a water agency, I've been very pleased to see that most of the important articles in my areas of interest (e.g., climate change) published by PNAS in the past few years have been open access. I can just point my users to them and everyone's happy.


On a much less serious note than the last comment--Ben's Chili Bowl is great! Worth a trip to U St. if you haven't been already.

T Scott

At the meeting, the PNAS folks reported that 22% of their articles are open access. Quite interesting that there is such a high proportion of their authors willing to pay the fee to make something immediately open access that is going to be available in six months anyway.

As to the Chili Bowl, I have heard good things about it, but with all of the other great dining opportunities in DC, I just don't think it's going to make it to the top of my list anytime soon....


Thanks for the PNAS figures; very interesting.

Glad you went to Bistrot du Coin, which I used to love.

But a final plug for Ben's Chili Bowl, on a more serious note--as you know, Martin Luther King Jr. was killed 40 years ago today. I learned this morning that Ben's served as a sanctuary of sorts for Washington DC residents in the immediate aftermath of the riots caused by that event.

This morning Good Morning America had a "focus group" on race relations in America. Where was it filmed? Ben's Chili Bowl.

So it's not just a bowl of chili, but a DC institution.

T Scott

Yes, Ben's was a gathering place. Of course, I live in Birmingham, where we walk proudly in MLK's footsteps every day. Leaving DC today, I had a Lebanese cab driver who was very impressed when he found out I was from Birmingham. When I sing Steve Earle's "Jerusalem" I usually introduce it with the story of the Belfast mayor that I met a couple of years back who made a pilgrimage to Alabama because it was so important for him and his colleagues (who took their lives in their hands every day that they went to the office) to have walked the same highways that MLK walked.

What's important to remember on this day is that he was one tough sonofabitch who believed in nonviolence and the promise of America with a fervor that puts all those pastel patriots to shame.

It's fine and wonderful to celebrate him... but let's not pretend that he wouldn't be pretty pissed off if he was still alive.

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