The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the Newseum team up for the year's most tedious event.

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Sept. 24 2009 4:43 PM

The David Bradley Prom

He teams with the Aspen Institute and the Newseum for the year's most tedious event.

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Maybe they should have called it "The Roughage Summit." Note to Bradley and others: It's "first rough draft of history," not "first draft of history." (See pages 323-24 of Katharine Graham's Personal Historyfor the Phil Graham anecdote.) Send chaff recipes to There's more substance in my Twitter feed than the entire Bradley Prom. (E-mail may be quoted by name in "The Fray," Slate's readers' forum; in a future article; or elsewhere unless the writer stipulates otherwise. Permanent disclosure: Slate is owned by the Washington Post Co.)

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