BOOKS

Master Of Puppets: Kevin Sherry brings kids' imaginations to life

Kevin Sherry describes a letter from Quentin Blake, illustrator of Roald...

A Wrinkle In Storytime: A parent thinks too hard about children's stories

When you have a baby, you imagine reading to them, snuggled...

In 'It Runs in the Family,' activist Frida Berrigan hippie-splains parenting to the rest of us

Before I had kids, I was really judgmental about parents. I remember...

NOISE

No Trivia: How white people have gentrified the word 'gentrification'

How do you define "gentrification"? There is the "official" definition, here cribbed from the...

See who's competing in Sound Off Live! for a spot at Artscape

Every year the organizers of Artscape bring a bevy of musicians to the city's massive outdoor arts...

Clicking and Streaming: 'Fried Green Tomatoes' and 'Bridesmaids,' two films that pass The Bechdel Test

When it comes to film, representations of women are for the most part, epic fails. They're almost...

Finding substance in the minimalist Gedi Sibony sculpture 'All Her Teeth Are Made of Slate'

A photo of Gedi Sibony's sculpture 'All Her Teeth Are Made of Slate' from the Baltimore Museum of...

In Laura Lippman's new mystery 'Hush Hush,' Tess Monaghan's back and now she's a mom

In Laura Lippman's new mystery 'Hush Hush,' Tess Monaghan's back and now she's a mom

When local literary sweetheart Laura Lippman releases a new Tess...

Deep currents run through Anne Tyler's new novel, 'A Spool of Blue Thread'

Deep currents run through Anne Tyler's new novel, 'A Spool of Blue Thread'

It would be easy to dismiss Anne Tyler’s “A...

Laura van den Berg's debut novel 'Find Me' explores identity, memory, and forgetting in a disease-ravaged world

Laura van den Berg's debut novel 'Find Me' explores identity, memory, and forgetting in a disease-ravaged world

Whenever I’m a passenger in a car, train, or bus, there’s...

'Baltimore Break-Ups,' a handmade pop-up zine, illustrates the woes and joys of dating

'Baltimore Break-Ups,' a handmade pop-up zine, illustrates the woes and joys of dating

Living in a relatively small city, you’re going to run into...

Johann Hari's 'Chasing the Scream' details the disastrous history, and possible end, of the war on drugs

Johann Hari's 'Chasing the Scream' details the disastrous history, and possible end, of the war on drugs

Early last year, when people started talking seriously again about...

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...

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