| 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&...
| 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...
| Feb 20, 2012
| 8:26 AM
The day of my first piano lesson, I picked out "Yankee Doodle," right hand only. It would be insane to start a beginner with one of Bach's partitas or one of Lizst's Hungarian rhapsodies. One starts simply and progresses by stages as far as one's...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 7:02 AM
The other day I cooed here in Wordville over the publication of the final volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English, and yesterday Mary Beth Marklein quoted those sentiments in an article published in USA Today. I stand by those statements....
| 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-...
| Jan 11, 2009
Falling in love with a writer requires commitment; the long haul, thick and thin. They get old, you get old. The relationship waxes and wanes. Most readers can recall times of perfect synchronicity -- when the book was the necessary enzyme, the catalyst,...
| Feb 15, 2009
A Jury of Her Peers
American Women Writers
From Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
Alfred A. Knopf: 608 pp., $30
The title of this, the "first literary history of American women writers ever written," explains Elaine Showalter, comes...
| Jun 21, 2009
Stephen Crane: "An Experiment in Misery" (HarperPerennial)
"The Palace Hotel at Fort Romper was painted a light blue, a shade that is on the legs of a kind of heron, causing the bird to declare its position against any background. The Palace Hotel, then,...
| Aug 2, 2009
"For Sherrell, Who's helped show me the way from my earliest recollections, and whose love and spirit -- abundant in every way -- are a large part of the life behind this book and the life in this book. My Love Always, Roy. Old Chatham, NY, 12/25/82."
| Jun 8, 2008
During the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, singer-songwriter Joe Henry participated in a panel on the connection between music and the written word. For our summer reading issue, we asked Henry to elaborate on this question and to write about how...
| Aug 22, 2007
He wasn't the hardest of the hard-boiled or the toughest of the tough guys.
But Lew Archer, the often melancholy hero of a series of acclaimed detective novels by Ross Macdonald, matched his biting asides with a humane worldview, a love of the underdog...