Re: RARA-AVIS: Washington writers

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 04 Dec 2001

Richard wrote:

"I always feel that readers sense accuracy. It does not matter that most of them never heard of Go-Go or much of the other music mentioned. They sense this guy knows what he is talking about--both the music and the scene. It is something that can't be faked."

I definitely agree with this. As a contrast, just look at the TV show The District (or don't, actually). In the first episode, they had a brief shot of a club and made a point of calling it a "Go-Go club." However, the music coming out the door was hip hop, not Go-Go. That's just sloppy. Similarly, it seems that no matter where they are ostensibly going in DC, they must pass the Capital building.

That's what I appreciate about the hardboiled DC writers. They give you a picture of the rest of DC, instead of this small area, the places where natives have long lived, instead of acting as if the politicians, most of whom are just visiting, are the only people who matter. Oh yeah, there are also the FBI, Secret Service and CIA agents who get involved with their problems.


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