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Georg H.B. Luck, whose career teaching the classics at the Johns Hopkins University spanned two decades and included studying the role magic and witchcraft played in the theology and world of the ancient Greeks and Romans, died Sunday from complications...
Steven Muller, the president of Johns Hopkins University from 1972-1990, died on Jan. 19. He was one of the giants of his era. I knew him well. I write to share three remarkable stories which reveal the character of this great man. 1. Steve was...
Tags: Culture, Wars and Interventions, Germany, Passover, Research
Lisa Graff, an author who teaches children's literature at McDaniel College, can't read a map to save her life. She's terrible at crossword puzzles, has trouble telling her left hand from her right and uses far too many exclamation points. While she was...
Book lovers have a new source for finding good reads: Bookish, a new website created by Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster. The site, which kicked off today, offers articles, reading recommendations and options to buy books through Amazon, Barnes &...
Tags: The New York Times
In one way or another, Manil Suri has spent his entire life charting what happens when polar opposites are brought together in unexpected and at times startling juxtapositions. Suri, 53, is an acclaimed novelist, and a career mathematician who teaches...
Tags: Catonsville, Literature, Pakistan, Hinduism, Mumbai (India)
When Abingdon resident Rose Ihedigbo enrolled her sons in Pop Warner youth football as children, she had no idea it would put her youngest son James on a path to an appearance in the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. "I never though he would go this...
It may be every writer's dream to publish a book, and for one Columbia girl, that dream has come true at a very young age. Carolyn Neuman, 11, wrote "Adventures With the Winglets" over the course of one year, and in November 2012, after it had been...
Tags: Authors, Halloween, Teaching and Learning, Students
The math is daunting: More than 2,300 pages of prose winnowed down to 190, including photographs and the occasional blank sheet that signals chapter breaks. Yet, that's exactly the challenge that author and historian Taylor Branch tackled when he...
I was kidding when I said that Lance Armstrong ought to pay me back for wasting time and money on his book "It's Not About the Bike." But others who have taken offense at Armstrong's years of lies about using performance enhancing drugs have taken the...
Tags: USA Today
For all of his wit, charm and success, a little bit of the boy who once was nicknamed "Fat Albert' still clings to "Today" show weatherman and feature anchor Al Roker. It's there in the excess 140 pounds that once draped Roker's frame. It's in his...
Now that Chuck Hagel has been nominated by President Obama as defense secretary, his record is sure to be intensely scrutinized -- even more than it was when he was a senator. His past remarks on Israel and a gay man have already triggered some criticism....
Tags: White House, Iran, Republican Party, Barack Obama, Chuck Hagel
Chris Hayes, an editor at large of The Nation and host of the talk show bearing his name on MSNBC, was raised in a working-class neighborhood but attended some of the most exclusive schools on the planet. "I grew up in the Bronx," says the affable, 33-...
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