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Sigmund Young and Holly Hixon enjoy their 15 minutes at the Warhol party. (Photo by Amy Argetsinger)

One in an occasional series of dispatches from parties you should have crashed.

Event: 1960s-esque Andy Warhol "Factory Party," Wednesday night.

Site: Renaissance M Street Hotel.

Cause: The nice folks from Martini & Rossi and Capitol File lobbying us to drink their vermouth, read their magazine.

Draw: Display of vintage 1950s M&R ads drawn by Warhol, before he was Warhol.

Real draw: Once upon a time, a shrewd urban party-hopper could drink and nosh free almost any night, thanks to the largess of swank hotels, luxury-goods producers and glossy magazines. Now these industries -- like so, so many -- are in big trouble, so ..... get your drink on before it all vanishes.

Crowd: Random pretty people dressed gamely mod-ishly -- ascots, bangs, minis, tights.

Bar: Open! Very sweet vermouth cocktails.

Anachronistic eye candy: Cocktail waitresses dressed as Marilyn Monroe (well, Warhol did paint her) and a hippie chick in headband and go-go boots (did anyone not on "Laugh-In" ever wear that combo?).

Gift bag: None. Warhol-style faux-silkscreen glamour pics for guests to remember the night.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 3, 2008; 1:01 AM ET
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Excuse me. Perhaps you have not noticed that in this, the world capital of the black bourgeoisie, thousands of people poured into the streets last night, stood on the roof over the entrance to city hall, celebrating in orderly exuberance the victory of the Barack Obama?
Was there any coverage of this spontaneous (but eminently predictable, and therefore coverable) event in the Washington Post?
The Style section used to be the only place in the paper where you could find coverage of what was actually happening the streets. Like, you know, news.
Perhaps 14th and U is not Miss Thang's neighborhood.
It isn't mine, either. But your incredibly arrogant and yet insultingly frivolous coverage is one reason as a lifelong reader of the Post I no longer subscribe.

Posted by: purejuice | November 5, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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