| Sep 12, 2012
| 1:34 PM
Today marks the 132rd anniversary of the birth of Henry Louis Mencken, the legendary social critic who loved skewering the "booboisie" and anyone else unfortunate enough to wander into his line of sight. He grew up in Baltimore newspapering, and worked at...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 6:06 PM
The Edgar Allan Poe house closed it doors today, which could be an ominous sign or a new beginning for the small home where the great American author spent part of his youth.
The Baltimore Sun's Chris Kaltenbach writes that the house and museum is...
| May 8, 2012
| 8:22 AM
There's a fallacy that reporters detest being in the spotlight. If that were really true, articles would be published without bylines. But print journalists have found that it's easier and more fun to ask questions than it is to answer them.
| Apr 14, 2013
| 3:23 PM
In a quiet block in Southwest Baltimore, a warm wind blows plastic bags along a sidewalk.
Boarded-up rowhomes line the streets. A pile of mattresses rests on a trash heap in someone's former backyard. A lonely placard reads, "Stop shooting – start...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 1:09 PM
Brother Patrick Ellis, a member of the Christian Brothers who served as president of La Salle University and Catholic University of America, died Feb. 21 of leukemia at a Christian Brothers nursing home in Lincroft, N.J.
The Baltimore native was 84....
| Feb 28, 2013
| 8:26 PM
A bonus word of the week for you, at the urging of colleagues:
This worthy word has not found its way into the Oxford English Dictionary. It was coined by H.L. Mencken, an inveterate foe of Prohibition and a stout defender of his Twenty-...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 7:56 AM
A couple of years ago at Slate, Farhad Manjoo posted a little rant about people who insist on typing two spaces after a period, even though in our age of computerized proportional type it is not only unnecessary but contraindicated. The article proved...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 2:32 PM
With Valentine's Day approaching, it's a good time to review some of the literary love stories that have been set in Baltimore. In an article in the latest issue of the Sun magazine, reporter Jill Rosen highlights the relationships of H.L. Mencken,...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 5:15 AM
I grew up in Baltimore reading The Sun, The Evening Sun and The News American initially for comics then on to sports and finally the actual "news." I remember my English teacher at City College, Mr. Rosskopf, teaching us about H.L. Mencken and the...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 6:00 AM
I am a cyclist who has done big miles for a long span of years. I am also one who was hit from behind by a car in 2005, an accident which both projected me 85 feet into the air and required more than a year of recovery. I was lucky to survive and would...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 5:10 AM
Baltimore has witnessed love and loss.
From the banks of the harbor to Mount Vernon's cobblestones to the grassed-over burial plots of Greenmount Cemetery, embedded in this city are vestiges of some of history's great romances, stories of people coming...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 4:22 PM
As the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos get ready for their big playoff game Saturday, there are plenty of opinions about how the teams and cities compare. But in one competition -- based on books -- Baltimore wins hands down.
The East Coast city had...