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Bad Lands

Bad Lands: Like Its Hero, Haruki Murakami's New Novel Is Mired In Colorless Ambiguity

Two college friends, Tsukuru and Haida, listen to `Le mal du pays (Homesickness),¿ the eighth...

Arcade Games Saved My Life: Michael Kimball's "Galaga"

Just a few pages into Michael Kimball's "Galaga" (Boss Fight Books), an exploration of the 1981...

Baltimore Author Jess Row Imagines Racial Reassignment Surgery In "Your Face In Mine"

To be white and write about race is to fail at writing about race. That is the best you can do. This...

Former Sun Reporter Dan Fesperman Takes On The Terrifying World Of Drones In His New Novel, "Unmanned"

A botched drone mission in Afghanistan kills 13 civilians, mostly women and children. Pilot Darwin...

Monster Mash

One monster has a crocodilian jaw with jagged fangs....

NOISE

At Merriweather Post performance, Jack White adds a little Nashville twang to his garage rock

"OK-do-you-feel-good-OK-now!" Jack White said as he walked on stage, addressing the Merriweather...

A Comic Review of the 2014 Small Press Expo

Last weekend, I went to the Small Press Expo, an independent publishing...

We'd buy a share of the Station North CSA if we could

Last night, Pen and Quill hosted a happy hour for the Station North CSA. By now, at least in...

No Trivia: Songs That Pass the Car-Windows Test

Because local radio is for the most part hopelessly out of touch, and internet music coverage is...

Preposterous Routes

Preposterous Routes

I happened to inherit an old banjo from my granddad just as...

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Mustachioed truckers attack a camp of crust-punk kids...

History Channel

History Channel

Veteran professor of English and drama at the Notre Dame of Maryland University, he...

That Somber City

That Somber City

As a recent transplant to Baltimore, I spend a lot of time sitting on my stoop,...

The Dead Will Walk Fells Point

The Dead Will Walk Fells Point

“Stay God, Sweet Angel” begins with a stabbing. It’s a...

Alice Goffman: On The Run

Alice Goffman: On The Run

The first time I saw someone cut off his GPS monitoring device I was surprised by...

Table Tennis Nemesis

Table Tennis Nemesis

The opposite of stately and plump, Geoff Dyer walked into Politics and Prose...

New bio of Big Star's Alex Chilton reveals multifaceted and tragic life

One morning in 1977, Alex Chilton, 26, former lead singer of the Box Tops and of...

An interview with Lia Purpura

Essayist and poet Lia Purpura teaches the craft of writing across the U.S., including at the Rainier...

Former steel worker wins prestigious poetry prize

In the summer of 1970, Afaa Michael Weaver was a clerk recording the weight of...

Worse Than The Blues

Worse Than The Blues

Bob Dylan sang, "If my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in...

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