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Radical manifestoes and mass-market political books have one big thing in common: shrillness. Krist Novoselic’s new manifesto-cum-mass-market political book, however, is a great-big snooze. Instant-runoff voting? “Super-Districts”? Electoral fragmentation? Proportional representation? Get-out-the-vote efforts? Sorry, no Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot–type rhetoric here. In Of Grunge and Government: Let’s Fix This Broken Democracy, the former Nirvana bassist has instead penned something closer to Hand-Wringing and the Hand-Wringing Hand-Wringers Who Wring Their Hands. In lieu of Bill O’Reilly–ish name-calling, Novoselic offers—get this—his vision for overhauling America’s constitutional mechanics. But, hey, how many Kurt Cobain anecdotes do you hear coming out of the No-Spin Zone? Read up on Durverger’s Law before Novoselic speaks with local author and lefty Mark Andersen at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919 (Mike DeBonis)