| Aug 31, 2013
| 6:32 PM
Stringer Bell, John Luther, Nelson Mandela and maybe the next James Bond — the career of Idris Elba is on the rise.
At 40, Elba is one of the most sought-after and respected actors on either side of the Atlantic. And this week, BBC America has four...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 7:28 AM
Towson University alum Brian Stelter is leaving his job as media reporter at the New York Times to be senior media correspondent and host of "Reliable Sources" at CNN.
"I'll be reporting every day for CNN, CNNI, CNN.com, and I'll flow it all into...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 5:22 AM
I will leave it to The Sun's political reporters to write about who "won" or "lost" this cooked-up and dumbed-down TV cartoon of a debate between Gov. Martin O'Malley and his Texas counterpart Rick Perry Wednesday on CNN's "Crossfire."
I am only here to...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 2:12 PM
They were novels discussed in whispers during class, passed around among groups of friends and read by flashlight late into the night.
They explored serious topics — race and class, body image, sex, addiction, divorce. And, says author and...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 12:01 PM
In a room with concrete block walls from which he can barely see the sky, Drake Deming explores the heavens.
Several days a week he can be found in his office at the University of Maryland, College Park, surrounded by three computer screens, analyzing...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 9:42 AM
I commented the other day on the essay in The New York Times by the violist who despises the use of crescendo to mean "reach a climax," and, not surprisingly, the essay has drawn considerable attention at Language Log. One comment in particular by J.W....
| Jul 31, 2013
| 6:57 AM
Yesterday's post, "Words that slip their leashes," the second this week to deal with the objection to crescendo in the loose sense of "reach the highest pitch or intensity," closed with "You understand what it means, don't you?" Harris Ruben was quick...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 8:18 AM
Forget the stars. The people I always wanted to talk to were the writers and producers who created the fictional worlds that became long-running TV series.
One of the great pleasures of this job in my earlier days on the beat was going out to California,...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 7:19 AM
Emile Griffith's remarkable life ended last week with the boxer's death at age 75, but I hope his story of strength, triumph, tragedy and redemption should never leave us.
We talk and write often about how sports is a microcosm of our lives and the...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 12:46 PM
When Bowie Community Theatre announced its 2013-2014 season, it promised a bold trio of plays that are largely undiscovered — a move that represented a departure from past seasons.
The company's 47th season opened with a perplexing comedy dealing...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 8:30 AM
As a Towson University student, newspapers are provided free of charge every morning around campus. The selections include The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun and USA Today.
Can you guess which ones I pick up to read? Do you know the paper that is...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 8:47 PM
Prescriptivists admire, advocate, and long for precision in language. That is a good thing, in the main, but the longing can easily slip into a false precision. We see that when prescriptivists insist that words must keep strictly to their etymological...