Literature in motion at the Women’s March on Washington, the day after the inauguration: “But protests run on words as well as actions. ‘Your silence will not protect you’: Audre Lorde said it forty years ago, in a talk given at the Modern Language Association’s annual conference and later published as the essay ‘The Transformation… Continue reading »
This is the second post in a discussion here and on Mark Athitakis’s blog, American Fiction Notes, about Henry Adams’ novel “Democracy.” which was published anonymously in 1880. See Mark’s first post in the conversation here, and a useful background piece on the book’s long history he found here. Mark, Adams does get off some… Continue reading »
Bringing back streetcars to D.C. What’s not to love? Change we can all believe in. Or ride on. Some details here.
To rent or not to rent your house out for the inauguration: That’s been a hot topic among capital residents the last few weeks. It’s been all over my neighborhood listservs, and yesterday, at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop, guys with big signs were shilling for inauguralhomes.com, a website where Washingtonians can post their properties… Continue reading »
The Chicago-based mag Stop Smiling has just put out a D.C. issue. I went to a party on Friday for some of the contributors and people Q&A’d in the issue (I’m neither) and got off to a good start by asking the editor who he was. At least I can’t be accused of sucking up…. Continue reading »
Mark Athitakis, a DC-based critic and arts editor of the Washington City Paper, has put up a page of who’s reading in the area over the next few months. You can find it here at his American Fiction Notes blog. Good work, Mark.
Len Downie, the Post’s former executive editor, says enough already with the DC-bashing: Large numbers of Washingtonians have dedicated much of their lives to real public service that does not involve the ego trips, trappings and hypocrisies of elective office. Amen to that. It’s not all earmarks and Gucci Gulch lobbyists, kids. For all its… Continue reading »
D.C. Noir 2: The Classics got a nice write-up in the Post yesterday. For obvious reasons I’m predisposed to like the book, and it sounds like there’s plenty to like: Two of the finest stories rely on a collision of cultures. Edward P. Jones’s masterful “A Rich Man” follows a womanizing senior citizen’s descent into… Continue reading »
Bored already by the Booker shortlist? I am. The Guardian (though no stranger to Booker coverage) has some literary relief. They asked naturalist Esther Woolfson for a personal list of “Top 10 birds in fact and fiction.” In fiction, she says, she likes “a hint of birds: a bird as subsidiary character, as metaphor or… Continue reading »
The Magnetic Fields got it right. D.C. is more than just the grand old seat (or a swamp of iniquity) to some of us. As I probably tell people too often, I grew up in Washington, and I feel obliged to remind people from time to time that “inside the Beltway” means something very different… Continue reading »