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Editor of @washingtonian. Formerly: @tnr, @wcp. D.C. Native. I enjoy steak salad.

Kissing fish: Take a ride on the Miss Avalon

philly.com — Jack Snyder was having one of those days you don't forget. Freckle-faced Jack and his crew-cut dad, Andy, were deep-sea fishing a few miles off Wildwood, N.J., on the 78-foot party boat Miss Avalon.

Q&A with Julian Siggers: Penn Museum's biker archaeologist

philly.com — Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2015, 3:01 AM It would be hard for any real-life archaeologist to match the fictional Indiana Jones, but Julian Siggers gives it a good run. Siggers, 50, director of the Penn Museum since July 2012, may not crack a bullwhip or sport a battered fedora, but he does have a fondness for motorcycles and tattoos.

Where to visit the Easter bunny and get your Passover Seder on

Kidland: A City Paper children's crusade--to summer camp, the go-kart track, the neighborhood pool, and their own back yards.

washingtoncitypaper.com — Hospitals never seem like the right place to be, but summer makes the dissonance clank all the louder. Languid summer days are not meant to be broken up by long sentences in the hospital.
Feb 16, 2015

Great stories edited by David Carr: "Kidland" my fave of the theme issues, this one on kids washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/17847…

David Carr, Ventriloquist

washingtonian.com — David Carr hired me as a writer for Washington City Paper in the fall of 1997. I was 24, with goody-goody academic credentials and not much by way of actual life experience. He was the opposite, with a legendarily checkered back-story and some evident delight in getting to supervise a DC newsroom's overachieving Ivy babies.
Feb 21, 2015

RT @washingtonian: David Carr: "I never want to see you. Go out and report. There are no good stories in this building.” bit.ly/1MjfJlT

Feb 21, 2015

RT @washingtonian: David Carr: "I never want to see you. Go out and report. There are no good stories in this building.” bit.ly/1MjfJlT

Feb 21, 2015

RT @washingtonian: David Carr: "I never want to see you. Go out and report. There are no good stories in this building.” bit.ly/1MjfJlT

Feb 13, 2015

What it was like to work with David Carr: "Editing is an act of ventriloquism,” he’d say. bit.ly/1MjfJlT pic.twitter.com/d5i9ef9lK3

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Honor the vision, celebrate the life

philly.com — Martin Luther King's Birthday isn't like other holidays. What other holiday is known for being a day of service, "a day on, not a day off"? No overeating, no watching sports, no revelry, just a lot of people trying to make a splendid dream more real.
Jan 16, 2015

Service projects are the hallmark of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday fb.me/47RBwd0M1

200 signposts of ancient history, on our doorstep

philly.com — Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015, 3:01 AM Philadelphia and history go together like the Fourth of July and fireworks, like pretzels and mustard, like Hall and Oates. Philadelphia and American history, that is. World history? The connection isn't so obvious.
Jan 02, 2015

Penn Museum a major player in 480-page Smithsonian History of the World in 1,000 Objects fb.me/2IBo9jxW1

Jan 02, 2015

In Smithsonian/DK Publishing's "History of the World in 1,000 Objects," 200 of them are at @pennmuseum: philly.com/philly/enterta…

Jan 02, 2015

RT @emilybabay: In Smithsonian/DK Publishing's "History of the World in 1,000 Objects," 200 of them are at @pennmuseum: philly.com/philly/enterta…

Getting Over It for Good: Why wait for the announcement? He can run, but he can't hide.

washingtoncitypaper.com — The polls back him up, of course. Judged in the context of the empty suits lining up for his job, Barry trumps. If he decides not to run, it won't be because he doesn't believe he can win. It's not a sure thing, but the atavism and sheer visceral glee that accompany a Barry vote remain a powerful force in District politics.
Nov 23, 2014

This might be the best shared byline in the history of local D.C. --> washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/15052…

Nov 23, 2014

RT @MikeMartinezDC: This might be the best shared byline in the history of local D.C. --> washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/15052…

Nov 25, 2014

After consulting a print edition, we've been able to put bylines with text on this 1998 @wcp Barry package: washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/15052…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @MikeMadden: After consulting a print edition, we've been able to put bylines with text on this 1998 @wcp Barry package: washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/15052…

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Why are there no J, X, Y and Z streets in D.C.?

washingtoncitypaper.com — Why are there no J, X, Y and Z streets in D.C.? The urban myths about this are a lot more entertaining than the truth. One example: J Street was nixed from the map because D.C. designer Pierre L'Enfant hated John Jay, the new nation's first chief justice.

Talking author events with Free Library's Andy Kahan

inquirer.com — The author events series at the Free Library of Philadelphia can boast impressive numbers - more than 130 events a year, nearly half a million podcasts downloaded, and more than 30,000 book-lovers in attendance. Andy Kahan, 51, director of the series, reflects on the series and its future.
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Sep 02, 2015

@brfreed First they came for Philly, and you said nothing. Who will speak for you when they come for Albany?

Sep 02, 2015

Now can someone please bring "short-fingered vulgarian" back into frequent use? twitter.com/KBAndersen/sta…

Sep 02, 2015

Read this, ya f---in' out-a-towners: "Report: People in Washington Swear About Tourists More Than Anywhere in US" washingtonian.com/blogs/capitalc…

Aug 31, 2015

Good for these kids at @thewilsonbeacon, standing up for free press, & doing so in such a thoughtful, decent way washingtonian.com/blogs/capitalc…

Aug 31, 2015

When I was in SEALs, I loved stories like this MT @abeaujon Don't lie about being Navy SEAL. This guy will catch you washingtonian.com/articles/peopl…

Aug 31, 2015

The great @michael_gaynor goes long on Don Shipley, aka @buds131, who hunts fake Navy SEALs (and boot-camps wannabes) washingtonian.com/articles/peopl…


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