A Literary Tour of D.C. with Time Enough for Drums

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We’re in a bookish mood this week at the ModCloth offices, with several of our resident wordsmiths off at the AWP Conference in Washington, D.C. promoting our new anthology and running a panel on fashion writing. So, who better than the literate and stylish Annie of Time Enough for Drums to give us a tour of D.C.?

“Washington, D.C. usually calls to mind two things: politics and historic landmarks. In between your tour of the White House or car trip out to Mount Vernon, you can explore Washington by virtue of its lesser known literary heritage,” says Annie. “Whilst planning this tour to coincide with ModCloth’s launch of The Written Wardrobe, I was truly taken aback by the rich literary heritage of this city. For one, be sure to take advantage of The Poetry Foundation’s Washington, D.C. Poetry Tour, a free online audio tour of the city’s poetic past that you can listen to on your audio player while exploring Washington. Here are just a few other sites and locations, all with literary significance, to explore…”

Annie wears the Calligraphy Artist Coat, Pearl Milk Tea Dress, and the Montclair Boot, and is carrying the Never A Dull Moment Bag.

1. “Washington has a unique commitment to the works of Shakespeare. Be sure to catch a matinée at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Or, stop in the Folger Shakespeare Library, which holds the largest collection of Shakespeare materials, some of which are on display for the public.”

2. “While you’re in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, be sure to stop by the Library of Congress for some exploring and people-watching. Did you know the Library holds 500 miles of reference materials, including the original Gutenberg Bible? The main hall of the Library, the Thomas Jefferson Building, opened in 1897 and resides across the street from the Capitol. I love the dreamy aesthetic of the Jefferson Building, captured by the classicist architecture and ornate marble décor found indoors. It’s enjoyable to gaze down into the main reading room, with old volumes cataloged on vintage shelves, from the second floor visitor’s gallery, or wander about the Library’s massive columns and archways. Be sure to stop by for the Poetry at Noon series, in which three guest poets offer a free reading to the public.”

3. “If you need a quick bite to satisfy your appetite, pop into the historic Willard Hotel for their famous Peacock Alley Afternoon Tea service. The lavish décor feels nothing short of a fairy tale. And you’ll be in good company: Mark Twain composed two books in the rooms and corridors of this hotel in the early 1900s.”

4. “No trip to Washington would be complete without wandering through the Adams Morgan neighborhood with its romantic townhouses and sidewalk cafés. The area is known as a haven for artists and progressive thinkers. Busboys and Poets, a bookstore, café, and performance space all in one, is no exception. Busboys and Poets is located in the U Street Corridor, an area once nicknamed “Black Broadway” in homage to the large number of African American artists and residents of the neighborhood in the 1910s and 1920s. Busboys and Poets itself is named after the beloved Langston Hughes, who once called D.C. home.”

5. “A trip through any artsy neighborhood would not be complete without a search for local vintage treasures. Meeps is a personal favorite.”

What would you add to this tour of D.C.?

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14 Responses to A Literary Tour of D.C. with Time Enough for Drums

  1. India 02/04/2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Washington D.C. is such a beautiful and cultural city…so much history! It’s gorgeous; thanks for the write up. Am I the only one that thinks the girl from ‘Time Enough For Drums’ looks like Erin from The Office? :)

  2. meagan columbia 02/04/2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Well the Smithsonians are always good. And they are free which is a plus. Ben’s chili bowl is a local favorite and always has a long line. I’ve never heard of Meeps so I’m very excited to check that place out!!!

  3. Nat 02/04/2011 at 11:38 pm #

    Dumbarton House is a historical museum in Georgetown, and Dumbarton Oaks has the most beautiful gardens.

  4. Ame 02/05/2011 at 10:01 am #

    I would have add River by books. It is a used books store just a few streets south of the capitol building.

  5. Shelby 02/05/2011 at 10:34 am #

    I live near the DC area too, and Busboys and Poets is definitely a must! Nana, a boutique on U Street Corridor is wonderful as well. The Natural History Museum is one of my favorite places ever.

  6. Annie 02/05/2011 at 1:29 pm #

    Thanks so much to ModCloth for thinking of me! It was a blast putting this all together.

  7. jodi 02/05/2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Pretty good job on this post!

    I have to throw in my 2 cents about DC though: It may be rich historically & culturally, but it’s completely dysfunctional. And I’m not just talking about the politics. This is a difficult place to call home.

  8. Amanda Archambault 02/05/2011 at 11:43 pm #

    ooo RED HAT!! I love red hats. I think that is why I named my blog
    Topped off with a Red Hat hahha

  9. Klara 02/06/2011 at 7:27 am #

    Washington is beautiful! Have a great trip!

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  10. Katharine Ellis Tapley 02/06/2011 at 7:45 am #

    Ethiopian food for lunch!

  11. Christina 02/06/2011 at 11:30 pm #

    I would add Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle for jazz, cheesecake, and books. :)

  12. C 02/07/2011 at 9:06 am #

    Busboys and Poets is great, but, fyi, Adams Morgan is best known for being a place where fraternity boys and sorority girls go to get wasted in style. Add the Rock N Roll Hotel and any and all museums (I’m a nerd).

  13. C 02/07/2011 at 9:07 am #

    Rock N Roll hotel isn’t literary, oops :-)

  14. Nikki 02/14/2011 at 11:09 pm #

    I wish this had come out a couple of months ago when my husband and I visited!! bummmmmer. but we still had a great time. beautiful place. if anyone here plays video games, Fallout 3 takes place in D.C. crazy stuff.

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