Time to play catch-up again. Most of these links are from Monday and over the weekend.

Town and Gown:


City Paper

freelance music critic Robbie Whelan, writing for

The Johns Hopkins News-Letter


community involvement, among both students and the institution itself, at

. By comparing it to the

and the

, he finds it lagging. The first of a two-part series. Looks good so far.

The Almighty and the Dollar:

Two good, long, in-depth, fair pieces on the

showed up over the past few days. In the

Jewish Times

, Barbara Pash and Neil Rubin take a look at the

that have entered the debate. And in the


Baltimore Business Journal

, Alan Zibel looks at how an infusion of state dollars for stem-cell research would affect


Making Yuan:

Also in the

Baltimore Business Journal

, Robert J. Terry

with Maryland businesses doing business in China.

Kodachromic Art:

Washington Post

art critic Blake Gopnik

to describe the sound of a slide-show projector's carousel moving in his Sunday review of the BMA's

exhibit. He likes it: The exhibited slide shows are "carefully structured to force us to confront the radical disjunctions that reality throws up at us. They're like complex collages stretched out over time. At best you can get an overall impression of the way things work--in the world, or in its slide-show equivalent--but there's no time to reach final conclusions."

Muscle Tussle:


editorial writer Lee Hockstader


in this Sunday sort-of profile/sort-of preview of

. The gist: "For all the mayor's talents … the homicide rate at home may sound a discordant note in a statewide race."

Celtic Tiger:



's Brian Stelter


chairman and president Darby Simmons, a 1990



In Monday's Salisbury

Daily Times

, James Fisher

arguments for and against tree removal in Eastern Shore development.


In Sunday's


, art critic Glenn McNatt

with horse painter

, the focus of a new exhibit at


Key to the City:

In Monday's


, architecture critic Edward Gunts

key Key Highway corridor architect


Not Quite News, Not Quite a Feature:

In today's


, state political writer Andrew A. Green


passing the General Assembly this year: not good. In addition, Green and David Nitkin do their Tuesday

column: Despite

, oldsters


not likely to follow suit (I bet at least one does, though); and Bob Ehrlich ramps up

debate, saying Dems owe him an apology, or something like that (I'm getting tired of apology demands, from either side of the aisle; hasn't anyone ever seen



Finally, also in today's


, Annie Linskey


editor Ramsey Flynn's disillusionment with book publishing (1,500 copies sold since December). Good story, especially if you ever plan on writing a nonfiction book.