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Compass Rose Theater moving, not without drama

Compass Rose Theater has had some unconventional homes. The Annapolis-based professional theater company started in an empty McDonald’s in Eastport in 2011. In the last four years, the theater housed itself on Spa Road in what used to be a rug cleaning building. On Sunday night, Compass Rose’s...

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  • Henry Louis Gates Jr. on his never-ending quest to excavate African-American history

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. on his never-ending quest to excavate African-American history

    Pioneering feminist Anna J. Cooper once wrote, “black people have to stop imitating white people and white culture.” She went on to say that black Americans in 1893 had to find their own voice, the roots of which are buried in the literature, mythology and folktales and music created by their enslaved...

  • Y.A. roundup: John Green, true crime story and a religious exploration reviewed

    Y.A. roundup: John Green, true crime story and a religious exploration reviewed

    “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green, Dutton, 304 pages, $19.99, ages 14 and up “Turtles All the Way Down” has a lot going for it: mystery, comedy, romance. It has a long-simmering fight between friends that comes to a boil over “Star Wars” fan fiction. It has a corrupt Indianapolis billionaire...

  • Ursula K. Le Guin at 88: ‘No Time to Spare,’ erudite as ever

    Ursula K. Le Guin at 88: ‘No Time to Spare,’ erudite as ever

    Old age, that strange thing: the state to which almost all of us desperately aspire, and also the one we want to know nothing about until we get there, please. Ursula K. Le Guin is there for us now. It is not always the subject of her erudite, witty and (dread word) wise new collection of short...

  • 10 books I loved this year — all written by women

    10 books I loved this year — all written by women

    Some day — when my kids are a tad older and my time is a tad more plentiful and my calendar looks less like a spreadsheet of NASA scribblings (I don’t think NASA calls them scribblings) — I will join a book club. I will be the first to arrive and the last to leave, and I will bring careful notes...

  • 'Not guilty by reason of celebrity.' Doesn't seem so outlandish now, does it?

    'Not guilty by reason of celebrity.' Doesn't seem so outlandish now, does it?

    Six years ago I published a novel called “The Funny Man” about a stand-up comedian (always referred to as “the funny man”) who gets suddenly famous and then rich on a gimmick. It’s a satire, and I was interested in exploring how fame could corrupt even a formerly average Joe with a wife and young...

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