with Nell Minow and Margaret Talbot
Friday, December 13, 7 p.m.
We think U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen last week was channeling a reverse Gertrude Stein.
Stein was famous for saying of changes in her hometown of Oakland, Calif., and reluctance to visit that “there’s no there there.”
Our thoughts of Stein came up when Machen was asked in a public forum about his long investigation into Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 campaign for mayor. It was at the Hill Center on Capitol Hill. Your Notebook was hosting the interview.
Ask the people around the table on Thursday about the history of Thanksgiving, and most will say something about the Pilgrims. If any Floridians or Southwesterners are present, you might find yourself in a debate about whether the first feast was held at Plymouth, St. Augustine or El Paso. Only a few might mention the Civil War.
This has been a big year for 150th anniversaries in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1. Gettysburg in early July. The Gettysburg Address just a few days ago. And coming up on Thursday, Thanksgiving.
Who says NYT‘s Mark Leibovich will never get invited anyplace in Washington after writing his summer blockbuster about the wealth of self-promoting douchebags in Washington?
Well, just about everyone.
But just about everyone also knows it’s not true.
Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting MK Asante for a book signing and conversation of Buck: A Memoir. If you missed this incredible event, the video is now live on the Hill Center YouTube channel. In conversation with Lisa Page of George Washington University, Asante discussed growing up alone as a teenager on the streets on "Killadelphia," lost in a fog of sex, drugs, and violence, and his unforgettable rise from dealer and delinquent to an award-winning writer, filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and professor of creative writing and film.