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2016 Best of Baltimore

In City Paper’s annual Best of Baltimore issue we offer up our most sustained burst of enthusiasm for the city. It’s a detailed (although not comprehensive) list of what caught our attention this year, whether it’s performances, products, or politicians. The paper is full of the things we really,...

  • The College Guide 2016

    The College Guide 2016

    It's hard to square the notion of so-called “millennial apathy” with the wave of headline-making activism by young people around the country that we've seen over the past few years—especially on college campuses, where groups of students organize to protest racism and police brutality, among other...

  • A look at how McKeldin Plaza came to be, and the plans to undo it all

    A look at how McKeldin Plaza came to be, and the plans to undo it all

    It's hot and sunny in McKeldin Plaza at the Inner Harbor on a summer day between the mid-morning and late afternoon thunderstorms. Traffic slides past the plaza on three sides: at Pratt Street in front of us going east, on the left headed south on Light Street, and on the right, cars are peeling...

  • Fiction, Poetry, and Documerica

    Fiction, Poetry, and Documerica

    This year, City Paper decided to do something different with its Fiction and Poetry issue. Instead of soliciting reader submissions, we invited local fiction writer Susan Muaddi Darraj to guest edit our feature well of stories and poems. Darraj, fiction editor of Barrelhouse Magazine and former...

  • Escape from Planet Earth: Psychedelics, religion, and outlaw scientist John C. Lilly

    Escape from Planet Earth: Psychedelics, religion, and outlaw scientist John C. Lilly

    Most scientists don't include personal stories in their research reports, but for John Lilly, personal experiences and science experiments were the same thing. His ears, eyes, mouth, and nose were calibrated probes. His mind was the unbiased observer, the ideal model for dispassionate inquiry....

  • Summer Food Issue

    Summer Food Issue

    Baltimore’s favorite foods pay homage to the farmer’s market Last year, City Paper did a “Smoke, Meat, and Heat” issue and declared our intent to “expand the definition of barbecue,” so along with what you'd expect, we also focused on pit beef, that Maryland staple, and vegan BBQ by way of “jackfruit,”...

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