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Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee certainly didn’t intend this, but his memoir A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures is an elegy for the American newspaper. It was his good fortune to work at a time when newspapers were admired and feared—none more than his. Bradlee generaled the Post through the two greatest triumphs in modern journalism—the publication of the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate scandal—and turned the second-best paper in Washington into the second-best paper in the U.S. Sadly—at least for journalists—the glory days are gone. All we can do is revel in (and envy) Bradlee’s past. Bradlee discusses his good life at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s, 1200 F St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-3686. (David Plotz)