What you said about what we said last week
Last week’s City Paper was devoted to 19 people who make D.C. great, including government officials, ball players, musicians, and advocates. While the majority of the reaction to the People Issue was positive, a comment left on our Facebook page highlighted a failing on the editors’ part. Because the text was not written by the person who posted the comment on the paper’s page, and the original text was not publicly available on Facebook, we won’t include the author’s name or quote the criticism directly. But the critique is this: While the issue featured men and women who are black, white, and Asian, it did not feature a D.C. resident who is Latino. And in a city whose population is at least ten percent Hispanic, according to the most recent Census estimates, neglecting to feature at least one of the city’s many extraordinary Latinos was an oversight. It’s a fair criticism. The editors selected the people to be featured from a long list drafted by the entire staff, and we promise to keep this criticism in mind next year.
Jessica Sidman last week profiled chef Jeremiah Langhorne, who’s channeled some of his obsessions—with authentic mid-Atlantic cuisine, weekly foraging, and a circa-1897 Virginia cookbook, among others—into his new Shaw restaurant, The Dabney. Just as passionate was Just Cut It Out, who wasn’t having any of it: “It shouldn’t be ‘humbling’ to read a book. Just think much, much less of yourself and you’ll never have to worry about being humbled again. And then we won’t have to read those stupid, meaningless words every again. But thank jeebus he’s not a ‘zealot’—I frankly don’t give two shits about his rich-people problems and straw-man arguments. I’m sure our 19th century forebearers would be disgusted about over-pricing and unnecessary quackery, though I suppose they’d appreciate the absence of a monologue before being served THE FOOD THEY PAID FOR.” A 19th-century “forebearer” could not be reached for comment.