- The Internet defeats bricks and mortar yet again.
Stop the presses! No, seriously, stop the presses. Borders has filed for bankruptcy, and several D.C.-area stores are closing. Now where will we buy our bound sheets of dried tree pulp? The same places as we have for the past decade, or we'll turn to the future. Oops, I mean The Future. In all seriousness, does anyone here go to Borders for reasons other than their free Wi-Fi?
• Grammy fallout! Fans of Esperanza Spalding and Justin Bieber continue to feud, by which I mean Beliebers continue to complain into the Internet's gaping maw. Bieber is staying out of it, sticking with what he knows best: international politics. Spalding would rather just play music, as she will in Frederick, Md., on March 4. And other Grammy-nominated artists are too distracted by their rising sales figures to care.
• Also performing here soon: Smokey Robinson, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, Nick Jonas, Seal and Jamie Foxx — all next Thursday, for "The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House."
• Jeff Mangum is not reclusive anymore, but not so unreclusive as to play in D.C.