| May 17, 2012
| 4:36 PM
When it comes to writing, authors can be pretty superstitious....
| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
| Jan 23, 2011
In 1984, when he was 51, novelist Reynolds Price learned that a pencil-shaped tumor, about 10 inches long and malignant, had invaded his spine. Several surgeries and dozens of radiation treatments followed, leaving him a paraplegic racked with pain and...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 9:33 PM
David C. Nichols reviews the revival of "The Robber Bridegroom" at International City Theatre in Long Beach....
| Feb 23, 2011
| 4:34 PM
A blog series on writers from This Recording is a must-read....
| May 17, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Two telling images frame the travails that course through "Crimes of the Heart" in a hurricane of hilarity and hurt. The opening sight is a vaguely spinsterish woman gamely attempting to attach a birthday candle to a cookie. The final......
| Apr 30, 2010
| 4:35 PM
One of the comments that cropped up consistently in my reporting for our story running in Saturdayâs Business section on the Concord Music Group is that the people who run and work at the company are dyed-in-the-wool music fans, which......
| Oct 2, 2010
One thing to know about our book club: On the third Thursday of each month for the last 34 years, our book club has to discuss books that add another dimension to our very hectic existence. Over the years, we have watched our members marry, divorce,...
| Dec 17, 2010
| 3:01 PM
Why should a newspaper, committed to the pursuit of facts, holding itself to the highest standards of accuracy and fairness, give prizes for fiction?
We grapple with this sort of question every year when the short story entries for the Nelson Algren...
| Mar 12, 2011
| 12:49 PM
“Everywhere were bluets and Spanish bayonets, goosefoot, morning glories and day lilies, the hairy-fruited bean, purslane and clotbur and sesame and panic grass and feverfew.”
While this may sound like a description of a magical garden, it&...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 6:31 PM
Alice C. Steinbach, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for The Baltimore Sun, whose work captured the wonder and grace of people and places around the world, died Tuesday of cancer at her Roland Park Place home. She was 78.
In her more than two-...