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Jason Cherkis’ whiny-record-buyer-at-large schtick in last week’s Washington City Paper (“Final Vinyl Days,” 11/9) is completely wrongheaded. One could hash the details endlessly, but suffice it to say that an article whose premise is “Where can I find obscure music in the area?” is being extremely counterproductive when it blasts the few stores trying hard and with little reward to fulfill said need. If he were a real human (instead of an “objective” journalist, which he isn’t either), Cherkis would be encouraging people to go to these stores, not ridiculing their lack of steady business or offering meaningless solutions like “grow balls” that are more frat-house taunting than constructive criticism.

Arlington, Va.