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November 26, 2007

Dude, All You Had to Do Was Ask

There's an item at Romenesko about William Langewiesche, whose book The Atomic Bazaar impressed me quite a bit. It seems he moved to Washington to work at The Atlantic Monthly last year and has this to say:

I don't like Washington. And I'm very skeptical of Washington's view of the world. I think Washington is a very sick city. And it has become an imperial city that is hemmed in by its power. And carries with it an arrogance, a blindness about its own limitations in the world in which we live.

Well you don't say. Imagine how I feel after nineteen years of it. Of all the places in the world to have landed, it's hard to think of a good one for why a writer of my ilk would end up here. (Apart from the Library of Congress, of course.)

It always seemed like I was trying to find my way to Greenwich Village circa 1948. Instead, I now pass the American Enterprise Institute each morning and think how strangely things have turned out. You can't really get there from here.

Posted by smclemee at November 26, 2007 3:53 PM


Yes, but you ARE here, and so are a surprising number of other folk who have literature and philosophy on their minds. Which, as a DC native, I am happy to see.

Plus the LOC is pretty damn cool, and most of the museums are free.

Posted by: JHoward at November 28, 2007 7:01 PM