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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Books: Big names and big books, in fiction and non-

inquirer.com — Fiction lovers are about to ride a delicious wave of fine reading this fall. Some big names are releasing big new books, exquisitely written, with deep, endlessly engrossing tales and characters.

Four Washington Journalists Remember 9/11

jacklimpert.com — By Ron Cohen I was national editor for Gannett News Service. I got off the Metro at DC's Metro Center, up the elevator just in time to see and hear dozens of emergency vehicles screaming south on 13th Street. It took me 15 minutes to make it to the office in the old Greyhound terminal ...

Happy Anniversary, Crack!: Thirteen pieces of the rock

washingtoncitypaper.com — Since then, nearly every aspect of life in Washington has been rocked by the tiny rock. If crack revolutionized D.C.'s robbers, it also transformed its cops. The drug shaped D.C.'s public image, manipulated its health-care economy, dominated its politics, and influenced its residential patterns. It gave us a whole new language.
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