Check out The New Republic‘s take on Busboys and Poets, penned by associate editor Eve Fairbanks. Fairbanks says, “Like the Obama movement, [Busboys owner] Shallal set about divorcing liberalism from granola and marrying it with a sexy, modern, faintly intellectual hipness. Busboys’s ceiling is coffered, the chandeliers are modish, the CD player loops Amy Winehouse and Akon, there are no grimy plastic tubs to bus your own plates, and only a couple of dishes on the menu feature tofu. Busboys is a […]
Busboys and Poets, a self-proclaimed progressive bookstore/restaurant, runs the risk of merely packaging social justice and cultural awareness into a neat bundle for a new crowd moving into the neighborhood: one that is richer, whiter, and in search of a cooler Starbucks.
Jonathan Yardley, former editor of and current reviewer for the Washington Post‘s Book World, shuns standard political novels, preferring instead the works of Jones and Pelecanos, two revered names that come up time and again in discussions of D.C. literature.