| Aug 7, 2011
| 5:39 AM
"I Used to Be Darker" is meant to jump from the blocks at full speed: A 19-year-old discovers that she's pregnant, grabs a knife and exacts devastating revenge on the cad who knocked her up. After she loses her job overseeing bumper cars at an Ocean City arcade, she high-tails it to Baltimore.
| Dec 1, 2013
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
While carving her path as a writer in the U.S., an outspoken Nigerian immigrant grapples with culture clash and long-distance love.
At Night We Walk in Circles
| Oct 15, 2013
| 2:45 PM
Some people have left such an enduring mark on civilization that we shouldn't wait for jubilees or other milestones to honor their birthdays. Such is P.G. Wodehouse, that great British master of farce, born 132 years ago today.
For me, Wodehouse is...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 6:55 AM
Dr. Samuel Johnson, the Brit who compiled the first major English dictionary, described opera as "an exotic and irrational entertainment."
In some respects he was right. There is something unreasonable about costumed performers singing their hearts...
| May 17, 2013
| 3:27 PM
No one dreams of being a book reviewer when he grows up. You might dream of writing poems or novels or essays or even, if you are perennially picked last for teams in gym class, literary criticism (“We don't want Robbins, you can have an extra...