Baltimore City Paper

Ten Years Ago in City Paper: Aug. 1, 2001

Eric Boehlert's feature dissects

in the aftermath of federal telecommunications deregulation. In Mobtown Beat, Molly Rath shines a light on the lending practices of


. The Nose checks the status of a

and the threatened


in Waverly. Tom Chalkley's Charmed Life delves into

. The columns are: Suz Redfearn's Germ Bag, on

; Sandy Asirvatham's Underwhelmed, on

; Mink Stole's Think Mink, on

; Wiley Hall III's Urban Rhythms, on

; and Tom Scocca's 8 Upper, on

. Scocca & MacLeod's proto-blog,

, reads the comics so you don't have to. Frank Diller, in Books, wishes Barry Hannah hadn't returned to long-form fiction with


Yonder Stands Your Orphan

. In Imprints: Heather Joslyn likes Nick Hornby's

How to Be Good

; Michael Anft respects two books by Haruki Murakami--the novel

Sputnik Sweetheart

and the non-fiction


Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

; and Andrew Reiner, despite wanting to, doesn't like Michael Ruhlman's non-fiction

Wooden Boats

. In Art, Mike Giuliano checks out portraits by

hanging at the Craig Flinner Contemporary Gallery. Bones is Kate Korrow's poem, "

In Stage,


is not impressed with the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts' production of Theodore Groll's

Run Past the Sun

or the Invisible Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's


, but Jack Purdy praises the Director's Choice Theater Company's production of Bob Racine's

The Day They Left Home


. Geoffrey Himes' Feedback feels the beat of

at the New Haven Lounge. In Music, Vincent Williams sees a neo-soul up-and-comer in

. In Film: Adele Marley talks to

about his

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

, says


sucks, and thoroughly enjoys

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

; and Ian Grey glories in

The Manster

but wishes



hadn't been made. Susan Fradkin's Belly Up goes to


(Editor's Note: This review is exactly a decade old, so take it with a shaker of salt.)