In A DISTRICT OF SMALL TALKERS, the lives of three quirky residents of a D.C. apartment building intersect with the elites of the political and media world, erupting into national scandal. Sam Shepherd, a D.C. animal control officer has a series of run-ins with liberal icon Lucille Rime; first he shaves her prize winning poodle, and then mates his bull-mastiff to the dog, leading to his firing. All the while his cause is championed by conservative commentator Hal Hackworth. The self-nicknamed Jeannette The Body Ventura is ambitious for fame, and it is her affair with a North Carolina Congressman that puts her in the middle of a presidential campaign. Paul Popavich, Pawn Shop owner and part time architect, blames his mother for his unhappy life. Paul tries to sabotage her career as a talk-radio psychologist by encouraging his gritty customers to make crank calls.