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Talking about our feelings: On masculinity, Nirvana, and Robert Motherwell's 'Africa' at the BMA

Robert Motherwell's 'Africa' is a large black-and-white painting of a bridge from the point of...

Live review: Marty Ehrlich and Michael Formanek bring a perfect balance between dissonance and melody

The upstairs room at Bertha's is a hidden gem among Baltimore's live-music venues. Half the size...

Live review: Kat Edmonson and Robert Ellis offer dynamic takes on jazz at Rams Head On Stage

Kat Edmonson and Robert Ellis, who brought their tour to Annapolis Tuesday night, are Houston...

Live review: Saxophonist Oliver Lake finds suitable foils in Lafayette Gilchrist and Michael Formanek

Oliver Lake is best known as a co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet; his punctuated lines of...

Grace Cavalieri's elegiac new book of poems, 'The Man Who Got Away,' mourns her lost husband

Grace Cavalieri's elegiac new book of poems, 'The Man Who Got Away,' mourns her lost husband

In the sunroom of Grace Cavalieri’s Annapolis home, a...

Jen Michalski's new short-story collection 'From Here' inspects the ideas of longing, belonging, and home

Jen Michalski's new short-story collection 'From Here' inspects the ideas of longing, belonging, and home

It’s always strange┬áto return to your hometown once you’ve left,...

Lawrence Grandpre and Dayvon Love's ambitious, challenging 'The Black Book'

Lawrence Grandpre and Dayvon Love's ambitious, challenging 'The Black Book'

Peniel E. Joseph begins the narrative of his definitive...

Jason Tinney's 'Ripple Meets The Deep,' a short story collection suffused with music

Jason Tinney's 'Ripple Meets The Deep,' a short story collection suffused with music

Life is a constant stream of transitions. Whether it is...

'The Future for Curious People' is the print equivalent of a shitty rom com

'The Future for Curious People' is the print equivalent of a shitty rom com

Gregory Sherl’s debut novel “The Future for...

Thomas Stanley's new book 'The Execution of Sun Ra' blasts off with free jazz philosopher

Thomas Stanley's new book 'The Execution of Sun Ra' blasts off with free jazz philosopher

I’ve been pondering the words “It’s after...

Elissa Washuta's 'My Body is a Book of Rules' joins the ranks of memoirs racing towards misery and redemption

Elissa Washuta's 'My Body is a Book of Rules' joins the ranks of memoirs racing towards misery and redemption

Contemporary memoirists seem to be in competition to see...

'Lunch Poems' by Baltimore-born Frank O'Hara turns 50

'Lunch Poems' by Baltimore-born Frank O'Hara turns 50

Frank O’Hara wrote that his theory of poetry—...

John Dermot Woods' "The Baltimore Atrocities" details human depravity in a fictionalized Baltimore

John Dermot Woods' "The Baltimore Atrocities" details human depravity in a fictionalized Baltimore

Senior year of high school. Lunch. Two hot dogs and a bag...

"The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace" tells an all-too-familiar story

"The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace" tells an all-too-familiar story

When Tre’Quan, a student of mine, threw hands at a...

Project Runway: A new book investigates all the ways women relate to their clothes

Project Runway: A new book investigates all the ways women relate to their clothes

When it comes to clothes, I’ve always been pretty...

Immortal Beloved

Erstwhile Poet Laureate Rita Dove performs "Sonata Mulattica" with classical violinist

When Rita Dove comes to Howard Community College next Wednesday, the former U.S. Poet Laureate...

Rogue's Tail

Rogue's Tail

When Robert Marbury pulls a squirrel’s skin out of...

Vaccination Nation

Vaccination Nation

We all know the scene: a cold, sterile room; sleeve...

Do Androids Read Electric Books?

2014 Big Books Issue

If you’re a careful reader of this paper, you may...

Dead Men Riding Shotgun

Dead Men Riding Shotgun

This is what rolled with me as I logged nearly 4,000 miles—Baltimore to the...

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

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...

Stuff White People Like to Write About

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...

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