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Coffeehouse Stories: Now it's your turn

Seven Washington Post reporters spent Wednesday listening to people at coffeehouses all around the region. Their mission was to find a story that told us something important about life at this time in this place. The result is stories of love and passion, striving for more and learning to be at peace with what is. We meet people from near and far, each with a dream.

The Coffeehouse Newsroom experiment was designed to show that good reporters can find meaningful, even essential, stories from anyone, anywhere. But of course it's also something of a stunt, and to make it more fun and more difficult, we imposed four conditions on each of the reporters. The stories they had to find, report and write in about eight hours today had to include these four details:

--A reference to a local landmark, defined however you wish.
--A secret, ideally from the life of someone who appears in your piece.
--A musical reference.
--The word "spill" in any recognizable form.

And now it's your job to complete our experiment: Please read the seven stories (they're short!) and take part in our poll to determine which piece most effectively tells us some essential truth about a person, about how we live. Your votes will determine which of these stories is published in The Post and on on Friday. You may vote until 4 p.m. Thursday. Thanks for taking part in our Coffeehouse Newsroom adventure...which is not quite over. Phase Two starts next week, when we'll be asking you what themes we've missed here and what we ought to be writing about instead.

Here are the stories:
--Chris Davenport on discovering reality on Capitol Hill
--J. Freedom du Lac on striving in College Park
--Steve Hendrix on two decades of wisdom in Del Ray
--Michael Rosenwald on an awakening in Arlington
--Ian Shapira on being tested in Fairfax
--Kevin Sieff on crossing borders in Gaithersburg
--Theresa Vargas puts a spotlight on backstage life in Anacostia

By Marc Fisher  | July 28, 2010; 6:29 PM ET
Categories:  Local Life, coffee house newsroom  
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I'm deferring my voting until they start serving weed at coffehouses like in old Amsterdam

Posted by: fleeciewool | July 29, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

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