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  • Name to know: Neptune the Poet

    Name to know: Neptune the Poet

    As part of The Baltimore Sun's Fall Arts Guide, reporters and critics picked 10 up-and-comers whose names you should get to know. See the full list here.  Neptune the Poet, 23, poet On a hot weekday in June, Neptune the Poet stood on a stage outside Wylie Funeral Home in West Baltimore, where hundreds...

  • Name to know: Josh Kohn, performance director

    Name to know: Josh Kohn, performance director

    As part of The Baltimore Sun's Fall Arts Guide, reporters and critics picked 10 up-and-comers whose names you should get to know. See the full list here.  Josh Kohn, 35, performance director, Creative Alliance Josh Kohn, who succeeded Creative Alliance co-founder Megan Hamilton as a director of...

  • Name to know: Ryan Haase, songwriter

    Name to know: Ryan Haase, songwriter

    As part of The Baltimore Sun's Fall Arts Guide, reporters and critics picked 10 up-and-comers whose names you should get to know. See the full list here.  Ryan Haase, 29, songwriter, artistic director of Stillpointe Theatre As a teenager living in his native Hawaii, Ryan Haase saw a touring production...

  • Name to know: Joy Postell, singer/rapper/songwriter

    Name to know: Joy Postell, singer/rapper/songwriter

    As part of The Baltimore Sun's Fall Arts Guide, reporters and critics picked 10 up-and-comers whose names you should get to know. See the full list here.  Joy Postell, 24, singer/rapper/songwriter When a black person is killed by police officers, Baltimore musician Joy Postell writes their name,...

  • Name to know: Meng Su, classical guitarist

    Name to know: Meng Su, classical guitarist

    As part of The Baltimore Sun's Fall Arts Guide, reporters and critics picked 10 up-and-comers whose names you should get to know. See the full list here.  Meng Su, 28, classical guitarist Eminent classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco has a straightforward description for Meng Su, who came from her...

Books: News & Reviews

  • Former lawyer Monica Youn makes her case in new poetry collection 'Blackacre'

    Former lawyer Monica Youn makes her case in new poetry collection 'Blackacre'

    Most nonlawyers are familiar with the custom of using the names "John Doe" or "Jane Doe" to signify an anonymous party, usually the plaintiff, in a legal action. Fewer people outside the legal profession are aware of the related use of the term "Blackacre" as a placeholder in cases and discussions...

  • Do readers live longer? John Warner discusses Yale University study

    Do readers live longer? John Warner discusses Yale University study

    According to a recent study from Yale University researchers, people who read live longer. As quoted in The New York Times, Becca R. Levy, a professor of epidemiology at Yale tells us, "People who report as little as a half-hour a day of book reading had a significant survival advantage over those...

  • Could ‘Underground Railroad’ author be the best living American novelist?

    Could ‘Underground Railroad’ author be the best living American novelist?

    When it comes to books and reading and writers and readers, I steadfastly refuse to declare something the "best." "Best" is fun and provocative and can lead to spirited debate, but for me, "best" is a lie. When we read, we conjure a relationship between the reader and the text, and the quality...

  • Book Review: 1/1000th: The Sports Photography of Bob Martin

    Book Review: 1/1000th: The Sports Photography of Bob Martin

    "1/1000th: The Sports Photography of Bob Martin" is perhaps the most spectacular book of sports photographs ever published — and that may be because the British-born Martin doesn't consider himself to be a sports fan. His work is as much about positioning and planning, composition and technology,...

  • Book review: Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller's Sorrow Road

    Book review: Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller's Sorrow Road

    "If you were from these parts, you'd understand that there's no such thing as history ... it's all still here," Bell Elkins says, speaking of West Virginia, where she lives in faded and isolated Acker's Gap. "The past never goes away. It's in the air. It's all around you every second. It's just...

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