The inimitable Sam McPheeters on the state of the scene:

In Dreams of My Father, Barack Obama talks about hanging out with “punk rock performance poets” in college (p. 98). Incoming Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice will be the first cabinet-level figure in American history to come of age in Dischord-era DC (lady was 16 when “Legless Bull” came out). Gens X-Z: this new administration will understand your subculture far better than your parents ever did. Meaning this may be a good time to pick a more offensive subculture.