Rob Brunner, Washingtonian

Rob Brunner


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Past articles by Rob:

The Mystery of the Missing Prune Danish

A quest for this laughed-at pastry leads to some sweet discoveries. → Read More

Dear Dan Snyder: I Quit

A longtime Washington football fan explains why he's walking away from the team he's loved for decades. → Read More

Swann Street Has a New Name. What About the Song “Swann Street”?

Swann Street is being renamed after Black queer activist William Dorsey Swann. We asked Geoff Turner if it would affect his enduring '80s punk song. → Read More

Susan Coll Swore She Wouldn’t Write About Politics and Prose. Oops!

The author’s firsthand experience informs her new novel, “Bookish People.” → Read More

8 Things We Miss About Mazza Gallerie

The Friendship Heights mall as we know it is going away, but we have fond memories of the Disc Shop, Swensen's, Krön Chocolatier, the Game Boutique, and other spots. → Read More

DC’s Latest Cool Indie Label Is Run by the National Symphony Orchestra

Gianandrea Noseda, the conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, gives a preview of the exciting recording efforts by their new indie label. → Read More

Inside Scream and Soulside’s New Albums

Two classic DC punk bands are making new music. Learn what inspired Scream and Soulside to record again and how the process has been going so far. → Read More

The Untold Story of the White House’s Weirdly Hip Record Collection

Jimmy Carter’s grandson, John Chuldenko, is unlocking White House mysteries. The record collection is an archive of the nation's music taste back in the 70's. → Read More

Free Quonset Huts!

Two cool old DC structures will soon be razed. Unless somebody wants them? → Read More

You Really Should Check Out Lincoln’s Cottage

A new CEO wants more people to visit one of DC’s most fascinating places. → Read More

An Ode to the Final Pay Phone in Downtown DC

It’s last call for this sad box outside the Cheesecake Factory. → Read More

Think You Know DC Music? A Huge New Compilation Reveals Treasures From a Bygone Era.

“R&B in D.C.” offers 472 songs from the ’40s and ’50s. → Read More

The Surprising Discovery of Hailu Mergia's Great Lost Ethiopian Album

A star musician in '70s Addis Ababa, he drove a DC cab for years. Now his career has a big new chapter. → Read More

What We’re Excited to Read, Watch, See, and Listen to Right Now

A movie about punk, a book about plants, and much more. → Read More

Of Course DC Has a Free Punk-Rock Book Shop

The Nevada Avenue Outdoor Free Bookshop also has crime novels and a cool newsletter. → Read More

The Dream of a Taco Bell Cantina in DC Will Have to Wait—Again

When is the Columbia Heights location EVER going to open? → Read More

What Georgetown Prof Rosa Brooks Learned When She Became a Cop

“The American criminal-justice system has racism baked deeply into it in all kinds of ways.” → Read More

The Washingtonian Interview: Mars Scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson and the Search for Alien Life

Is there life on Mars? For Sarah Stewart Johnson, that question is much more than a great David Bowie tune (although she is a fan). It’s a possibility → Read More

FDR’s Furniture, a Guy in Nova Scotia, and a Presidential Mystery

Brian Doucette has purchased a lot of cool stuff over the years—antique Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Meiji-period Japanese panels and an 18th-century → Read More

The Senate Is a Mess. This Former Staffer Knows How to Fix It.

Adam Jentleson's new book is a perfectly timed look at why the filibuster is so destructive → Read More