| Oct 22, 2012
| 11:35 AM
Fifty years ago, people in the United States had very real fears of the possibility of nuclear annihilation in an exchange of nuclear missiles with the Soviet Union. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 brought that fear very close. But the year before,...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 3:37 PM
During his more than 60 years in the news business, Timonium resident Lou Panos crossed paths with people from legendary Baltimore scribeH.L. Mencken to the Kennedy brothers — as in RFK and JFK.
Along the way, Panos, 86, who was inducted last...
| Oct 26, 2010
| 4:22 PM
A sweetly illustrated new book arrived on the Antipasto Desk, America's Little Italys: Recipes & Traditions from Coast to Coast. Its author, Sheryl Bellman, devotes about half of the book's geography to the Little Italy neighborhoods in Manhattan and the....
| Mar 16, 2012
| 8:16 AM
I responded to a reader's query in 2007 about the peculiar Baltimore terms A-rab and Arabber for a street peddler or huckster, explaining that the term probably originated from the nineteenth-century term street arab, a homeless child living by his wits....
| Jul 21, 2011
| 7:28 PM
Howard Markel's "An Anatomy of Addiction" starts, like a shot, on May 5,1884. A Bellevue Hospital orderly summons Dr. William Stewart Halsted to save the leg of a laborer who has fallen from a scaffolding.
Famous for the speed and virtuosity of his...