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  • English 101

    English 101
    Each novelist requires circumstance — a situation to describe, from which a conflict arises — and the ivy-covered college hall or dormitory room provides such context readily. It would take research and, thereafter, expertise to write about a Fortune 500 company or those who built the Cabot Trail; why not invoke old campus adventures instead? That hoary advice to the young author "write about what you know" results in volume after volume about school: All writers have been students, and nowadays a sizable number are teachers, so it seems nearly unavoidable that we write about the golden groves we knew.
  • Holiday books: Fiction

    Holiday books: Fiction
    Aleph A Novel Paulo Coelho Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95 A crisis of faith prompts a man to begin a journey of self-discovery from Africa to Asia. The Angel Esmeralda Nine Stories Don DeLillo Scribner, $24 The first collection of short stories from a...

    Edward Zarius Watson Jr.

    Edward Zarius Watson Jr.
    Edward Zarius Watson Jr., a retired Baltimore schools administrator and founder of a Little League program, died of pneumonia Saturday at Union Memorial Hospital. The Northwood area resident was 94. Born in Earleigh Heights in Anne Arundel County, he was...

    Return to shore

    Nothing could be more middle-class than a cruise ship vacation. The telltale signs are all present: the women for whom decollete ceased to be advisable some years previously, the teenage girls teetering on high heels while chewing gum, the men wearing...