| May 2, 2013
In the new sci-fi movie "Oblivion," Earth's most precious resource is Tom Cruise. But running a close second (spoiler alert) is water. Aliens want it. All of it.
This is old hat, science fiction-wise. In "The War of the Worlds," H.G. Wells had...
| May 6, 2013
| 3:00 AM
When it comes to books, I guess you could call me a voracious listener.
I have been commuting about an hour to and from work for more than 30 years, and during that time I bet I've listened to a couple of thousand books. First on tape, now on compact...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 11:43 AM
The recent announcement that Atomic Books will expand and make beer available at special events is an intriguing -- and promising -- development for all indie bookstores.
We've all seen how hard it is for the small stores to compete these days. They'...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 7:01 AM
By request, and because in a few days I will be at the American Copy Editors Society's national conference with several people who, by the uncanniest of coincidences, bear the same names as certain characters, here is the fifth Grammarnoir serial in one...
| Dec 15, 2011
Composer Bob Christianson is nothing if not versatile.
He wrote a lot of pulsating music that accompanied episodes about several, um, energetic women in New York on the HBO series "Sex and the City." He has provided themes for Travel Channel's "Mysteries...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 7:25 PM
The nerd-epic (and I use that term with the deepest feeling of endearment) "Game of Thrones" is returning next month, and no one is more excited than our friends at Entertainment Weekly (and me!). The magazine has dedicated not one, but four covers to the...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 6:43 PM
When the lights dim for "Hunger Games" at midnight Thursday, Fatimah Nelson, who bought tickets weeks ago, will be there, a bit breathless, at the edge of a plush seat at Arundel Mills.
"I've been waiting months and months and months," says the Baltimore...
| Mar 21, 2012
Jennifer Lawrence is relishing her last few weeks of anonymity. The 21-year-old actress understands that her starring turn in"The Hunger Games" is about to change her life. Opening Friday, the highly anticipated film, faithfully adapted from Suzanne...
| Mar 22, 2012
| 8:58 AM
I keep recommending Stan Carey's Sentence First blog to you. He's a lovely man, curious, even-tempered, and fair-minded, with an enviably clear prose as he writes about language. He makes sensible judgments. He's also generous with other writers, recently...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 9:30 AM
Harry Potter fans, who have waited years for a wizard to transform his tales into digital form, can finally buy ebooks. J.K. Rowling's new website, Pottermore, began selling the ebooks this morning, with prices ranging from $7.99 for the first three in...
| Mar 30, 2012
| 2:55 PM
With her 20th novel, "The Beginner's Goodbye," about to be released, Baltimore novelist Anne Tyler is already hard at work on her 21st — a "sprawling family saga that goes on and on and on" that she'll be writing backward, beginning with the ending....
| Apr 11, 2012
| 9:36 AM
Next week, Baltimore County Public Schools will honor the winners of its Middle School Writing Contest at an awards ceremony at the county library in Towson.
For the sake of convenience, they might want to just have the ceremony at Dumbarton Middle...