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  • Best Campaign

    Best Campaign
    Harvard historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich coined the phrase, “well-behaved women seldom make history,” and this year Montgomery County state Del. Heather Mizeur flouted its wisdom. While some of the planks of Mizeur’s platform in this year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary in Maryland—funding pre-K education with taxes on legalized pot, for instance, or reforming the tax code to favor working families and small businesses over big corporations—are perhaps an affront to the ruling class, Mizeur’s campaign exhibited model behavior, and, even in losing, it definitely made history by opting for public financing to fuel a grassroots progressive movement behind a gay, married woman with impeccable style, grace, and smarts. While her opponents—Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the victor, and Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler—conducted themselves like fighting frat boys, Mizeur was unfailingly polite and positive, confident that voters prefer substance and character over platitudes and mudslinging. Yes, she lost, but the victory gained—that a class act can make history—forged a sterling statewide reputation for a young politician whose time may still yet come.
  • Best Museum You Probably Haven't Been To

    830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, rflewismuseum.org Opened in 2005, the Lewis Museum hosts permanent and temporary exhibits about black history and culture in Maryland, and those exhibits are really, really good. Our favorite sections are the theater...

    More Mencken

    More Mencken
    As a student, Marion Elizabeth Rodgers was intending to write a master’s thesis on the poetry of T. S. Eliot, when she stumbled upon a box of letters between H. L. Mencken and his wife, Sara, at the Goucher* Library. That chance encounter led to her...

    The Sage in Black and White

    The Sage in Black and White
    The Negro brain, Mencken wrote in 1910, “is not fitted for the higher forms of mental effort.” This from the same man who probably did more to help black writers—including the likes of W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, and James Weldon...

    Long Exposure

    Long Exposure
    This is the story of a photographer, a back injury, and the photographer’s assistant. The photographer was Leon Perskie. You’ll never hear that name again, although it was he whose back was injured. So his 19-year-old assistant, Morton Tadder,...