| Sep 17, 2011
| 6:13 PM
Gen. Nathaniel Lyon died at the right time.
Raised in eastern Connecticut, the 43-year-old West Point graduate was killed while commanding the Union forces at the Battle of Wilson's Creek near Springfield, Mo., on Aug. 10, 1861.
He became the first...
| Aug 6, 2011
Diet Coke. Check.
A copy of "F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Short Autobiography" (Scribner), edited by James L. West III. Check.
If you're on your way to see — or see again — "Midnight in Paris," the latest film...
| Aug 11, 2011
| 2:42 PM
In all, 30 U.S. service members were killed last weekend when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan during a relief mission.
The entire country mourned, but the burden of grief hit especially hard in Virginia Beach, which was home...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 2:19 PM
WBAL radio Monday named Merrie Street as news director replacing Mark Miller, who resigned last month.
Street, whose resume includes news director and anchor duties at WLIF and WPOC, starts Monday, according to an email from Ed Kiernan, station general...
| Sep 4, 2011
In my family, we've never recognized a distinction between happiness and the handling of books.
Books in libraries, books in shops. Books that take you places, and books you can steal from — like Norman Maclean's memoir, "A River Runs Through It,"...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 2:45 PM
Heartbroken by my failure to hear biographer Stacy Schiff speak when she was in Chicago last week, I lassoed her by email to discuss one of my favorite subjects: biography.
Q: What is essential to the perfect biography subject?
A: In an ideal world, the...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 2:38 PM
Author Jeff Pearlman is the latest to find himself in the Shoot the Messenger Dunking Booth, for his comprehensive and unsparing biography of the late Walter Payton.
Mike Ditka said he'd spit on Pearlman. Ex-teammates are critical and skeptical of his...
| Oct 10, 2011
| 11:55 AM
Billy Corben. Photo by Beth Black
As a documentary filmmaker who has interviewed drug dealers, hit men, international pop stars, college athletes, big-city politicians and at least one person who murdered and dismembered his roommate, Billy Corben...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 1:53 PM
A deceased biographer and a first-time bestselling novelist are among the finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards. Five finalists in four categories – fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature – were announced Wednesday...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:35 PM
‘You should write a book.” Or, “Why don't you write a book?” Or, “Have you ever thought about writing a book?”
Are you detecting a theme here?
Anyone who writes for a living — anyone that is, with a mother...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 7:54 AM
Richard Ben Cramer, a former Baltimore Sun reporter who later became a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer and an acclaimed author chronicling the lives of politicians and legendary sports figures, died Monday of...