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Sad news out of the Go-Go scene: Washington’s homegrown art form continues to be tarnished by elements that have nothing to do with the music. A 16-year-old kid was shot in the head in Brightwood after leaving a Go-Go concert that had been cut short due to fights. Just over an hour later, a 36-year-old man was killed in Washington Highlands—also, apparently, due to violence originating at a Go-Go concert. Violence at Go-Go concerts is nothing new; it’s a shame that the genre has attracted so much attention from police, and repelled so much attention from outsiders, because of it.
Turning to lighter things: WaPo’s Style section runs a lengthy advertisement for a new comic strip authored by Gene Weingarten and his son, vaguely disguised as a memoir by Gene Weingarten about his son—a must-read for bored members the Weingarten’s extended family interested in a supplement to last year’s holiday card.
Speaking of indulgent autobiographists, John Updike’s personal papers, now being catologued by Harvard’s Houghton Library, offer some insightful tidbits, according to the NYTimes. For instance, during his freshman year of college, Updike, age 19, wrote this to his parents:
We do not need men like Proust and Joyce; men like this are a luxury, an added fillip that an abundant culture can produce only after the more basic literary need has been filled. This age needs rather men … who are filled with the strength of their cultures and do not transcend the limits of their age, but, working within the times, bring what is peculiar to the moment to glory. We need great artists who are willing to accept restrictions, and who love their environments with such vitality that they can produce an epic out of the Protestant ethic.
Most of my freshman-year correspondence with home had to do with the requesting and provisioning of cookies.
A few not-quite new musical items, in case you missed them:
Sasha Frere-Jones writes about how our actual listening habits point to a future where everybody streams music free from ad-supported sites instead of downloading it, rendering moot the “crisis” of music piracy.
OK Go have certainly figured out how to make Web 2.0 work for them, harnessing the kingmaking power of the viral video early and never letting up. The band released another excellent music video to YouTube last week. Here: