| Jan 28, 2013
| 8:55 PM
During his nearly 40 years as a columnist for this newspaper, my late father occasionally tweaked his readers — quite disingenuously — by belittling his cat, knowing the slur would stir invective so passionate and erudite that he could fill...
| Jan 5, 2013
| 12:36 PM
How does an author of seriously literary fiction discover one of his books was owned by Bernie Madoff, the investor who defrauded his clients of billions of dollars? He sees it listed in an auction on EBay. That's how Rick Moody came to know that Madoff's...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 12:48 PM
Today is the 182nd anniversary of Emily Dickinson's birth. Happy birthday, Emily Dickinson!
Dickinson may now be one of the most recognized names in poetry, but in her day, she kept much to herself. Her work was not widely known until after her death --...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 4:57 PM
When writers Christina Lynch and Meg Howrey decided to collaborate on the new novel "City of Dark Magic," they chose a pseudonym as fantastical as the novel itself: Magnus Flyte.
Howrey is a novelist whose two previous books have veered closer to...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 3:29 PM
With Peter Jackson's film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" coming to screens this week, the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien are at the top of the mind. And the top of the menu, if you happen to be sitting at America's chain diner, Denny's.
| Aug 28, 2012
| 5:57 PM
Gina, I meant to ask you about something important last year, but the note got lost on my desk, under the pile of chicken wings and Saturday Evening Posts.
Office Depot conducted a survey of office workers last year, asking about what...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 3:41 PM
I am heartbroken after three months of grieving over the death of our Abyssinian cat, Atticus.
He woke me up at 6 a.m. daily with a loud meow whether it was time to get up or not. He would look in my eyes as if he knew what I was thinking. He was a...
| Sep 1, 2012
The melody of the president's voice, the intensity of his movements gripped Jeremy Brickey's attention, cutting through the monotony of freshman orientation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Honestly though, he thought Freeman A. Hrabowski...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 10:47 AM
Jay-Z, Sonic Youth, Guns N' Roses, Ghostface Killah, Slayer, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Britney Spears, The New Pornographers, Mobb Deep, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Prefab Sprout, Pink, The Beatles, Van Halen, Big Star, Bob Dylan,...
| Jul 27, 2012
| 7:47 PM
In a 1974 edition of the journal College English, 70% of university teaching assistants surveyed said they marked "the reason why" as an error on students' papers.
That's a lot of red ink. The phrase "the reason why" is extremely common, especially in...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 4:25 PM
Murder, perfectionism, family stress and sometimes— in the midst of it all — triumph over struggles, are what Venus Theatre's productions are made of for the upcoming 2013 season.
After going through mounds of scripts, Venus Theatre founder...