| Nov 18, 2011
| 3:30 PM
It's dangerous to begin a biography with what amounts to an advertisement for oneself. "Someone else could cobble together a so-so version of your life just by mining what's stored in library boxes and electronic files," Charles J. Shields writes in the...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 12:18 PM
Wallace "Wally" Henry Coberg, a theatrical designer and filmmaker who was at work on a new Edgar Allan Poe documentary, died of an apparent heart attack Nov. 18 at his Bolton Hill home. He was 63.
Born in New York City, he lived in Edison, N.J., and...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 12:45 PM
When ABC Sports guru Roone Arledge was suggesting Howard Cosell for "Monday Night Football," NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle replied: "Cosell? Why don't you just dig up Attila the Hun?"
Such was the reaction generated by modern broadcasting's first...
| Nov 27, 2011
She rejected the title by which posterity knows her, preferring always to conceal her steely ambition and regal pride under a mask of modesty and service. Yet "Catherine the Great" was indeed an apt sobriquet for the subject of Robert K. Massie's latest...
| Apr 6, 2012
| 12:26 PM
Few nonfiction writers think bigger than Walter Isaacson, who has taken on subjects like Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. But when Apple founder Steve Jobs invited him in 2004 to write a complete and frank biography, Isaacson held...
| Apr 15, 2012
| 7:59 AM
In her end-of-season program note, Bay Theatre Company co-founder and artistic director Janet Luby refers to "the astonishing success of Bay Theatre's 2011-2012 season," and promised that this season's final production would do justice to the preceding...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 10:08 AM
I'm getting psyched to meet and introduce Walter Isaacson, author of the bestselling Steve Jobs biography, at the CityLit Festival in Baltimore this Saturday!
Are you going? It's an all day affair for book lovers. Or, if you want to just see Walter, come...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 8:29 PM
How'd they do it?
That is often thought to be the primary motivation behind our fascination with the life stories of business behemoths: a curiosity about the means — both noble and scurrilous — by which mammoth fortunes are made.
| Jan 4, 2012
| 9:28 AM
Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway during the 2013-14 season to star in an original musical "Houdini," Broadway.com announced today. Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked," "The Magic Show") will compose the score and and book...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 11:15 AM
The legendary publisher Alfred A. Knopf was a man who valued excellence. For years he searched for someone to write a biography of his friend Henry Louis Mencken. In his opinion, no biography up to then, including that of William Manchester, was right....
| Nov 27, 2011
To organize his research on the Watts riots, journalist Robert E. Conot sketched out the hour-by-hour progress of events in 1965 on a 25-foot-long stretch of paper, then dressed the diagram in the exhaustive detail for which he became known.