| May 23, 2013
| 7:25 AM
My lips are sealed.
If it’s a revelation about the illusions magicians create that you are expecting, just stop reading now. I have given my word to follow the magicians’ code of secrecy, sworn to the Columbia Conjurors Assembly #141 of...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 9:57 AM
The human brain is a marvelous instrument, capable of the subtlest thoughts, feelings and perceptions, and of dreams even the gods might envy. Yet for all our cleverness in other areas, we still know embarrassingly little about how our own brains actually...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 1:17 PM
Executive producer Barry Levinson urges viewers to think of his HBO film "Phil Spector" as a two-person play —not a docudrama about the first murder trial of the rock producer.
"It really is a two-person piece," Levinson said in a telephone...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 9:18 AM
Cal Ripken Jr. stopped by The Baltimore Sun this morning as part of the promotional tour for his third children’s novel, “Wild Pitch,” which came out today.
The book – about a young pitcher who loses his confidence after...
| Mar 24, 2013
| 4:04 PM
The course is Human Space Flight. The subject for today: analogues — the scenarios found in the world or contrived in the laboratory that NASA uses to simulate work and life aboard a space ship.
Naval Academy professor Ken Reightler leads the...
| Mar 9, 2013
Taiye Selasi's debut novel has been in publication for less than a week. But even before a single copy was sold, the glamorous 33-year-old was being hailed as the newest star of the literary world.
Selasi's publisher, The Penguin Group, is promoting...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 4:59 PM
SPOILER ALERT: This story reveals features of the plot.
Baltimore-born film director Barry Levinson has said his new eco-horror movie, "The Bay," about a Chesapeake Bay turned deadly by environmental abuse, is "80 percent factual."
Bay scientists and...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 9:38 AM
"Argo" (R). In 1979, after Iranian revolutionaries storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans trapped. With Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin. TownMall Cinemas (1:00,...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 12:05 PM
Having achieved a degree of notoriety as an editor, I find myself in the uncomfortable role of mentor.
A while back, I spent a year as a mentor to a younger newspaper editor in a program set up by the Maynard Institute, and there were a number of...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 4:01 PM
A Baltimore comic store has joined the growing public outcry over DC Comics' decision to hire a gay-marriage opponent and author to write part of the coming "Adventures of Superman" series.
Joining many shops nationwide, Gorilla King Comics in Fells...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 11:04 AM
It's hard to imagine that gay marriage and Superman could be wrapped into a controversy, but that's happening across the nation as DC Comics launches a new line of comic books featuring Clark Kent's alter ego.
One of the authors signed on for the...
| Nov 10, 2012
Junot — and Yunior — are back.
Junot Diaz is the MacArthur Fellowship-winning writer whose work reflects his Dominican roots and his Jersey youth, and who has dazzled critics and audiences with a virtuosic narrative voice that weaves tales of...