Andy Harris

Conflicts Of Interest: A blue Beattirakis monster

Conflicts Of Interest: A blue Beattirakis monster

When he was a newspaper editor in Baltimore, H.L. Mencken used to take the train to Washington, D.C. and back so he could have enough peace to eat his dinner. I felt like that this weekend, when I took the train—amazingly, a century later, it still takes a fucking hour—down to see a friend who was in town and remembered how much reading, and peace, I used to have on the train between here and D.C. A decade ago, I taught at a high school there and it was impossible not to be overwhelmed by how much the city has changed. We talk about gentrification in Station North, but nothing has happened here like the change there (Columbia Heights is generally considered, along with the...