| 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,...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Margo Bates was new to the Guilford neighborhood when she first met Beverly Quinones in 1995.
“She said, ‘Would you like to do Flower Mart?’ I said, ’What’s Flower Mart?’”
Quinones, longtime organizer of the...
| 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...
| 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 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 27, 2013
It's fair to say that very few novels that devote 496 pages to such weighty themes as race in America ever crack The New York Times best-seller list.
But sure enough, there on the June 2 list for hardcover fiction was Columbia resident Chimamanda...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 9:26 AM
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 working vocabulary. This week's word:
CRESCENDO The piano students and band members among...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 7:50 AM
An essay,"Fallen Idols," by Margo Rabb in the New York Times book section, describes the hazards of meeting your favorite authors. You get to meet a writer whose book has shaped your life and discover that he is rude, drunken, lecherous. Or all three....
| Jul 25, 2013
| 10:35 AM
For those who missed it, President Barack Obama turned his attention to the U.S. economy this week in speeches where he renewed his commitment to green energy, boosting manufacturing, and spending more on infrastructure like roads and bridges; chastised...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 4:58 AM
Chef Scott Ryan might be the rare person who did not have a scarring experience with beets as a child.
The instructor at Baltimore's Stratford University culinary school was on his honeymoon in Paris when he and his wife packed a picnic that included...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 12:13 PM
With courage and determination and more than a little bit of moxie, Adelle Waldman set out to crack the code.
For her debut novel, a modern-day comedy of manners called "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P," the Baltimore-raised author decided to explore...
| Jul 21, 2013
| 5:00 AM
The rise in fatal shootings that has claimed dozens of lives in Baltimore City since the beginning of the summer focused attention on the gang violence that police say is responsible for much of the killing. Competing gangs adhere to a rigid code: You...