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  • MICA exhibit explores the history and revival of Baltimore burlesque

    MICA exhibit explores the history and revival of Baltimore burlesque
    Sunny Sighed remembers her first exposure to modern burlesque very well. She loved it, but never dreamed she'd soon be a part of it.
  • Zero tolerance? Yeah, that'll work

    Modern frontiers in fatuity: Last week at Jim Romenesko's website, we learned that Chris Quinn, the content chief of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, was so incensed about the profusion of typographical errors at that he announced a zero...

    In a word: espantoon

    Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  ESPANTOON Baltimore can boast the contribution of a word to...

    Ruffling feathers [Editorial]

    Ruffling feathers  [Editorial]
    Every once in a while, a media kerfuffle arrives that succeeds in elevating some banal stupidity to unimaginable heights of urgency and importance. At the center of the frenzy is usually some basic cable TV program of questionable artistic merit but...

    Merely to provoke you

    H.L. Mencken published his occasional essays under the heading "Prejudices," his avowed and oft-repeated intention to "stir up the animals." In my own little way, I have tried to honor his example at this blog, realizing, of course, that every time I...