We couldn’t care less about an abandoned Guy Fieri sketch from Saturday Night Live last weekend when Christmas had already come early for Beltway junkies.
Our beloved Politics and Prose, a local D.C. bookstore and required shopping destination for bibliophiles/political wonks/caffeine junkies, has finally made it to New York. Appearing as the setting for SNL’s cold open, which finds Paula Broadwell (played by Cecily Strong) reading from “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.”
It being SNL, the C-SPAN Booknotes segment quickly becomes the type of fan fiction that we’ve been debating around the Capitol for the last few weeks since the news broke. But at least we can finally admit that the cataclysmic downfall of Petraeus, the toppling of the CIA by a jilted mistress and more twists than a telenovela have lead to one great thing. Of course, there are a few differences between what really happpened and the SNL-ification of our beloved bookstore. For one thing, no one calls it “Booknotes.” That C-SPAN feature was retired in 2004.
Book TV regularly records readings and hosts them on C-SPAN at P&P. You can even see the original video with Broadwell and her co-writer/editor Vernon Loeb from November 12th. Would it have been too much to ask SNL to give us a Bradley Graham impression, who co-owns the store? Still, now everyone knows how awesome Politics and Prose is for scandal, coffee and those delightful coffee cakes they sell in the basement.