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  • Best Fiction/Nonfiction

    A couple years ago, when we heard that John Waters—Hall of Fame Best Baltimorean— was hitchhiking across the country for a book, we were excited. His nonfiction profiles in “Role Models” were spectacular and we couldn’t wait for more. What we found when the book came out was something far stranger—two fiction novellas that imagined Waters’ best- and worst-possible hitchhiking trips and a third nonfiction novella that detailed his real trip. The nonfiction part was great, but the fictional parts of the book gave us a great look into Waters’ mind—and reminded us what a strange and hideously gorgeous place that is. It was full of carnivals, big-dicked bank robbers, trash-film-hating psycho killers, and kind pot dealers—in other words, this book is the closest thing we’ve had to a John Waters movie since last decade’s “A Dirty Shame.” And the conceit—part fiction, part nonfiction—really worked to show all of the mental preparation—the existential angst—that can come from a 68-year-old uprooting his stable life and hitting the road. 
  • Contemporary Icons

    Contemporary Icons
    “Co|Patriot: New Works by Stephen Towns” Through Sept. 22 at Gallery CA The five colorful portraits of African-Americans (including a smiling child) hanging in the storefront windows of Gallery CA are deceptively cheery. Some of the...

    Stuff White People Like to Write About

    Stuff White People Like to Write About
    To be white and write about race is to fail at writing about race. That is the best you can do. This should embolden contemporary white authors to just go for it and attempt a statement on one of the most pressing and knotty issues of our time because...

    Droning On

    Droning On
    A botched drone mission in Afghanistan kills 13 civilians, mostly women and children. Pilot Darwin Cole, controlling the unmanned aircraft from a bunker in Nevada, watches in horror as his anti-terrorist strike becomes a massacre. One year later, Cole...

    History Channel

    History Channel
    Veteran professor of English and drama at the Notre Dame of Maryland University, he boasts an impressive familiarity with all things lit that not only bleeds through the pages of his new novel, “The Blue Heron,” but inevitably pokes in and out...