Molly Rath's feature, "Swimming with Sharks," reveals

, when homeowners in Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods were underwater from refinancing packages sold by subprime lenders.


In Mobtown Beat, Brian Simpson reports on the city's efforts to

, and Eileen Murphy notes an

to the Delaware Art Museum's

Biennial 2000

. Murphy also

in Media Circus.

, that peculiar arrangement in which Baltimore homeowners owe rent for the land their homes sit on, is examined by Brennen Jensen in Charmed Life.

The columns are: Joe MacLeod's Mr. Wrong predicting that

; Wiley Hall III's Urban Rhythms

; Joab Jackson's Cyberpunk asking why the music industry hasn't yet

; and Tom Scocca's 8 Upper


Bones is Katherine Cottle's poem,

In Imprints: Eileen Murphy savages Ellen Gilchrist's short fiction in


; Lee Gardner thinks Ann Powers'

is really all about Powers; Rupert Wondolowski respects Graham Lock's

, an examination of Sun Ra, Anthony Braxton, and Duke Ellington; and Mahinder Kingra likes that "nothing is as it seems" in Graham Joyce's novel


Feedback is Daniel Schlosberg, blown away by Werner Herzog and the Baltimore Opera Co.'s production of Richard Wagner's

, and Eric Allen Hatch enjoying the

at the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church.

Television is Adele Marley, interviewing Errol Morris about his Bravo series


In Film: Andy Markowitz is down with Errol Morris' documentary about a Holocaust denier,

; Lee Gardner gives reasons to love, hate, and love

; Luisa F. Ribiero is happily disturbed by Otto Preminger's

; and Jack Purdy recommends

for Easter.

In Belly Up, Susan Fradkin is disappointed by the cost-quality ratio at


(Editor's note: Please remember that this restaurant review is exactly a decade old, so take any information within with a shaker of salt.)