Marion Barry at Busboys and Poets Thursday, June 26

Don’t expect any apologies out of Marion Barry. In his new memoir, Mayor for Life, the Ward 8 councilmember and four-term mayor sounds more concerned with how he’s been purportedly slimed by his many enemies than with making amends for how his personal failings soured his legacy. For his crack bust, Barry blames allegedly racist investigators and his mistress. His 2012 promise to run “dirty Asian shops” out of his ward becomes just a well-meaning effort, in Barry’s words, to “put Asian businesses on notice”—which doesn’t actually sound that innocent, either. Mayor for Life is Barry from Barry’s point of view, with all the self-aggrandizement, political savvy, and blind spots that entails. On the other hand, Barry also writes about the effect that snorting cocaine had on his junk (it was “like I had ejaculated”), so that could make for some interesting signed copies. Marion Barry speaks at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 387-7638. busboysandpoets.com.

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