In this week’s City Paper, you’ll find:

  • A glimpse inside the mind of the serial arsonist, from Dave Jamieson. For months, Dave exchanged letters with Thomas Sweatt, now in federal prison in Indiana for setting dozens of fires in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The letters reveal his motives—-broken ambitions, an obsession with authority figures, and sex—-and details from his two decades of firestarting—-including the admissions of a deadly fire never before connected to Sweatt. A riveting read.
  • Jason Cherkis on the sad case of Robert Hawkins, who died in handcuffs despite the protests of family, doctors, and lawyers.
  • In Loose Lips: James Jones on how Adrian Fenty‘s new job as a magazine cover boy
  • In Cheap Seats: Dave McKenna on the longstanding tradition of make-it-take-it halfcourt hoops on D.C. playgrounds—-and why that tradition might be under threat.
  • In Show & Tell: Jessica Gould on the tiff between onetime members of Lissen Band on the rights to the go-go outfit’s name.
  • In Young & Hungry: Tim Carman on Temperance Hall.
  • Plus Ask Bob, Suit Yourself, film, music, theater, and more