Author Archive for Jonathan L. Fischer

Chatter: Our House

What you said about what we said last week.

So Long, Washington City Paper, and Thanks for Tolerating My Desk Squalor

My life in desk crap

Chatter: The Exercist

What you said about what we said last week.

Chatter: Peter Plan

Is Peter May crushing your freedom?

Chatter: The Schwartz Is Strong With This One

Were readers charmed by the Schwartz campaign?

Chatter: Smoked Salmon

Should you play chicken with a salmon?

Chatter: Do the Right Things

What you said about what we said last week.

Chatter: The Fault in Our Bars

How to know it's a true dive bar

Chatter: Torn WCL

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With its faltering ranking and diminishing employment prospects for graduates, American University’s Washington College of Law is looking less and less like it’s worth its $73,002 tuition. But is the sad state of AU law, as reported on by Will Sommer in last week’s Education Issue (“Lowering [...]

Chatter: Plate Crimes

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Restaurant Week is bigger than ever—and more past participants are opting out. For last week’s Young & Hungry column, Jessica Sidman broke down how the twice-annual promotion, in which establishments offer special prix fixe menus, actually works, and why some restaurateurs have concluded it’s not worth the [...]

So Long, “Quizmaster of Georgia Avenue”

Dalton Hirshorn has run the pub quiz at Park View's Looking Glass Lounge for about as long as the bar has existed. His trivia night has been praised by the Washington Post, by readers of Washington City Paper, and even by a budding pub-quiz magnate looking to expand his barroom footprint. So Hirshorn, the self-proclaimed "Quizmaster of Georgia Avenue," had [...]

Chatter: Settlers of Catania

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Does a white, gay, reputationally cantankerous former Republican have a shot at becoming D.C.’s next mayor? Even when you put it that way, he just might, according to Will Sommer’s cover story on At-Large Councilmember David Catania. If the race is competitive, reader dcshadyboots put that on [...]

Courtland Milloy Went on a Bike Ride. He Didn’t Learn Much.

Courtland Milloy—twit-tweaking Washington Post metro columnist, knives-out antagonist of local pedalers—went for a bike ride last Friday. And the experience, he writes in a column today, left him with "a tad more sympathy for bikers in general."
How much more sympathy? " this bike-friendly city," Milloy writes, "the driver is always wrong."
Too many local riders, Milloy says, "bike like me. They are [...]

Chatter: Swell Maps

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A map accompanying last week’s cover may have been the most controversial sidebar we’ve run in some time. While readers were almost unanimously rah-rah about Arts Editor Christina Cauterucci’s long look at the history and resurrection of Back Alley Theater, they were split on contributor Maxwell Tani’s accompanying maps tracing [...]

Chatter: Au Revoir, Les Diplomates

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“Oh good, pretty soon the effin’ NIMBYs of DC are going to cause an international incident.” That sentiment, from Twitter user @grahamwjenkins, is certainly one way to interpret last week’s Housing Complex by Aaron Wiener, a look at the complaints of some D.C. residents that foreign embassies have [...]