| 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.
| Dec 1, 2012
| 12:08 PM
Richard D. Pickens, owner of a Crofton interior design firm who lived in Union Square, where he served as president of the Friends of the H.L. Mencken House, died Tuesday of stomach cancer at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
He was 50.
"I was dumbfounded...
| Dec 9, 2012
| 1:38 PM
Arthur J. Gutman, a retired insurance broker and former H.L. Mencken Society president, died of respiratory failure Nov. 27 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The former North Baltimore resident was 101.
Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Adolph B. Gutman...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 6:55 PM
In a post earlier today on the anniversary of the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species, I casually grouped creationsts among hysterics about the Obama re-election and other individuals who do not appear to be wired to code. I may not have done them...
| 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....
| May 16, 2010
| 6:54 PM
No, Dear Reader, you are not caught in a time warp or a victim of a delayed April Fool's prank. You are not in "The Twilight Zone" and your eyes are not deceiving you.
What you're looking at is The Baltimore Sun's vignette, or nameplate, as it appeared...
| Apr 18, 2011
| 7:06 PM
William Donald Schaefer's biggest achievement was also his most unlikely: A man insecure enough to earn the nickname "Shaky" managed to restore the self-confidence of an entire city.
The former mayor, governor and comptroller, who died Monday at the...
| 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...
| Oct 18, 2011
| 10:33 PM
Chris Taylor peered down the street at the house. It was a vacant. And it was a problem.
He'd been getting calls for weeks about this property, about the teenagers hanging out there, the drug dealing and prostitution. He dialed a number, placed his...
| Nov 7, 2011
| 3:18 PM
David Rogers Owen, an internationally known maritime lawyer and accomplished yachtsman, died Friday in his sleep of unknown causes at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson.
The longtime Riderwood resident was 97.
"The death of David Owen is...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 6:50 AM
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" packs up a lot of troubles into its old kit bag of magic spells and evil ambitions — and the result is smiles, smiles, smiles. The supposedly last installment in Warner Bros.' big-screen "Harry Potter"...
| Sep 12, 2011
| 8:35 AM
It's Mencken's birthday, and everyone in the newsroom is starving for terrapin stew. And a beer.
It took about three seconds to find some good Mencken writing on food and restaurants. He begins the essay "A Genial Restauranteur," from the collection...