On Getting Old at Springsteen Concerts

My first was at the Spectrum in Philadelphia (or maybe at the Nassau Coliseum. Yes, it was the Nassau Coliseum. And it was more than five years ago. Possibly more than 25.) Springsteen shows used to feel slightly (okay, really slightly) dangerous; now they feel like the pick-up line at Georgetown Day School. I mean, I bumped into Peter Orszag at the Verizon Center last night. I thought it was uncool to be at a concert with the head of OMB, but then my friend Laurie Strongin said that it would have been uncool to bump into the head of Bush's OMB (quick, for five bucks, name Bush's last OMB director) but not Obama's. Anyway, I think Springsteen sang "Outlaw Pete" for him. Or maybe not. He shouldn't have sang it at all.

But he did sing Hava Fucking Nagila! And as a segue to "Blinded By the Light," which was incredible. I'll have more later on the concert, and the set list, but suffice it to say that if you have to grow old, you might as well grow old with Bruce. The audience seemed mainly older than I am (this might be a delusion) but it was mainly younger than Bruce, who seems, from the semi-distance, mostly ageless.

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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