Despite what the title of his hit song "Every Day I Write the Book" might lead you to believe, musician Elvis Costello hadn't ever actually authored a book — until this year, that is. His memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, comes out this month and begs the question: What is more difficult, writing a song or a 672-page book? "I would say songs are never really finished, as you may sing them more vividly on any possible night, while you must eventually close a book," says Costello. He embarks on a tour midmonth for the memoir, which offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the musician's life and four-decade career. "I found many more things to celebrate and a few to lament but I will leave the dirt-dealing to beasts with cloven hooves," says Costello.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
"The desire to escape earthly bonds is so wondrously told, from Kitty Hawk through the claustrophobic glamour of early airline travel to infinity and beyond."
Central Michel Richard
Chef Richard serves French-accented American dishes at this bistro near the Mall, along with lobster burgers and playful takes on fried chicken and a chocolate bar.
Bridge Street Books
On a recent visit, Costello bought a printed copy of Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change & Inequality and Jed Rasula's new history of Dada, Destruction Was My Beatrice.
The White House
In 2010, Costello performed "Penny Lane" in the East Room for a Paul McCartney tribute concert. He also discussed his family's Liverpool roots and the actual Penny Lane.