There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Culture Bores Ever attuned to the avant-garde, The Nation has finally discovered D.C. punk rock. For the past few years, the New York magazine has obsessed over potential ways to revive the political left. So the Oct. 18 article by D.C. scene veteran Johnny Temple—with its heartening descriptions of a politically active community protesting foreign despots, raising money for good causes, and singing about freedom—seemed like more of the same. “Punk Rock’s Anarchic Rhythms Spur a New Generation to Political Activism,” declared the headline. But the magazine apparently didn’t ask which new generation: The foreign menace in Temple’s protests is apartheid-era South Africa, while the songs mostly involve things like the early-’90s crack wars and Reagan-Bush Supreme Court nominations. Punk rock, of course, could have used a nice lift from a national progressive magazine back then. And maybe in another 15 years The Nation will tell us how the new generation is protesting, say, Clinton-era downsizing, immigrant-bashing, and consumerism.