City Paper

's 2002 Big Books issue focuses on pulp literature, and has

and five features: Tom Chalkley on

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's role in the genre; Lizzie Skurnick on her

writing gig; Christopher Skokna on

; Wendy Ward on getting hooked on

; and Mahinder Kingra on

. In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith puts controversial developer

under the microscope. The Nose plays with the

online "lifestyle segmentation system" and spotlights the City of Baltimore's new

, courtesy of Utility Review Management Co. Brennen Jensen's Charmed Life profiles a Baltimore wannabe movie star,

(no relation to the

CP

photog of the same name). Christopher Myers'

gets answers from Sterling Spencer, Alex Weber, and Alea Cummings. Michael Anft files his final

.

has letters from Travis DuCote, Marc Berrong, Jeff May, Chuck Amos, Devon Fick, Matthew Craft, Lea Antonio, and Jim Keat. The columns are: Brian Morton's Political Animal, on

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; Joe MacLeod's Mr. Wrong, on

; and Mink Stole's Think Mink, on

. Scocca & MacLeod's proto-blog,

, reads the comics so you don't have to. Mike Giuliano's

goes to see the latest at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Gallery International, C. Grimaldis Gallery, and Craig Flinner Contemporary Gallery. In Stage: Jack Purdy happily navigates Everyman Theatre's production of Ronald Harwood's

; Anna Ditkoff is disappointed with Baltimore Shakespeare Festival's production of William Shakespeare's

; and John Barry praises Vagabond Theatre's production of Morris Gleitzman's

. Josephine Yun's Feedback blasts the

's season opener. Music is: Bret McCabe, visiting with instrument-inventing musician

and previewing the

; and Tony Green, making the case for

as soulful, jazzy funksters. In Film: Richard Gorelick slams

and

; Lee Gardner scratches his head after re-watching

; and Eric Allen Hatch likes the bite of

. Michelle Gienow's Dish dubs

the best Indian food in town, worth every extra penny. In Cheap Eats, Michelle Gienow enthusiastically endorses

.

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