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  • Free Will Astrology: 9/2/15

    Free Will Astrology: 9/2/15

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Excess is the common substitute for energy," said poet Marianne Moore. That's a problem you should watch out for in the coming weeks. According to my astrological projections, you're a bit less lively and dynamic than usual. And you may be tempted to compensate by engaging...

  • Savage Love: The asexual Dom

    Savage Love: The asexual Dom

    I'm confused about my sexuality. For many years, I thought I preferred hetero-romantic asexual relationships. Exposure to select reading material—thanks to my gender-studies classes—has me convinced I'm an asexual t-type (i.e., "top," but I prefer not to use such connotative terms) female who is...

  • Mr. Wrong: I win again!

    Mr. Wrong: I win again!

    OK, a coupla weeks ago I announced the second-ever Contest for The Mr. Wrong Column to become Editor-in-Chief of City Paper, which recently lost its Editor, and yes, we looked under the sofa cushion, but the Most Recently Erstwhile Editor of City Paper has gone to a better place, with trees and...

  • Field Tripping: Back to school

    Field Tripping: Back to school

    It's back-to-school time, and that means lots of think pieces from professors full of gentle chiding at students, reminding them to read the syllabus and the books, put their phones away, and do their homework. I'm always struck by the harsh tone of that writing, as if professors have completely...

  • Free Will Astrology: 8/26/15

    Free Will Astrology: 8/26/15

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): You like to run ahead of the pack. You prefer to show people the way, to set the pace. It's cleaner that way, right? There's less risk you will be caught up in the messy details of everyday compromise. But I suspect that the time is right for you to try an experiment:...

  • Field Tripping: Baseballing

    Field Tripping: Baseballing

    I might from Boise, Idaho, a town hours and hours away from the nearest pro baseball team—glancing at a map I'd say the Seattle Mariners are the closest I could get to a hometown team—but I was raised by a rabid Dodgers fan. The first three things I can remember learning didactically are first,...

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City Squeeze: Long live City Paper

This is my last issue as City Paper's editor. After three years and two months with the paper, I resigned to take a position as director of strategic communications for the Open Society Institute–Baltimore.

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Field Tripping: Adventure Cycling

I got myself a bicycle built for touring years ago, an aspirational purchase that I hoped would set me up for bike camping trips all over the world, so then I would be the kind of person who takes bike camping trips all over the world, and that would be cool. I've made lots of buys like this, and...

Free Will Astrology

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Free Will Astrology: 8/19/15

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You'd probably prefer to stay in the romantic, carefree state of mind. But from what I can tell, you're ripe for a new phase of your long-term cycle. Your freestyle rambles and jaunty adventures should now make way for careful introspection and thoughtful adjustments....

Hey Cabbie!

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Hey Cabbie: Tired of this shit

Racial issues will be America’s downfall! She has to come to grips with the issue and lean toward equality, by showing it, expressing it, and by all means demonstrating it to the people. Concrete short- and long-term goals and solutions are an absolute must, not lip service, and not the giveaway...

Hot Fudge Wednesdays

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Hot Fudge Wednesdays: The Thing of It

I probably won't live to see this because of all the bug spray I've accidentally consumed, but there are many things I pray for my great-great-grandspawn. Some day, the good people of earth will proceed on electric highways unmolested by futurecops, because all correctional facilities have been...

It's Gianna Bitch

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It's Gianna Bitch: Disney World makes me sick

Look, I get why the quarterback for the winning team at the Super Bowl yells “I’m going to Disney World” when he’s asked about what he plans to do after his big win. See, Disney World and organized sports are huge corporate entities that create recognizable brands and strong customer loyalty through...

Mr. Wrong

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Mr. Wrong: Drive-in Movies Rule

Before the Summer really does slip away from us all and we slide inexorably into the Icy Death of Winter, I urge you, as a U.S. American, to eat a Snoball, to go to the Beach, and to go to the Drive-In Movies, specifically the Bengies Drive-In Theatre, at 3417 Eastern Blvd. in beautiful Middle...

No Trivia

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Savage Love

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Savage Love: Ashley's Ashes

Please do a public-service announcement about the Ashley Madison hack, and request that NO ONE look up information on ANYONE other than their own spouse. I'm a former AM user. I've been married to my wife for 20 years. We met when we were both 20 years old. Seven years ago, I made a selfish decision...

Spitballin'

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5 Orioles Facts and 5 Orioles Fictions

Fact: Despite all the injuries and inconsistencies, the Orioles are in first place. If you had told me at the beginning of the season that Matt Wieters’ season would end in May, that 88 games into the season, J.J. Hardy would only have two homers, Chris Davis would be flirting with the Mendoza...

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