| Feb 7, 2013
| 2:07 PM
Like many Connecticut residents who didn't matriculate at Yale, I know the university in bits and pieces — a lecture at the law school, a play at the Rep, a dinner at the Commons. I don't have a good sense of how the whole place fits together, yet...
| 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...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 2:42 PM
It really wasn't Pandora's fault.
Prometheus, her brother-in-law, angered Zeus who, for some arcane reasons (it's all Greek to me), gave Pandora the box of sins, telling her never to open it. Certain that, just like a woman, she would not listen to...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 5:14 PM
In this new year, we're enjoying memories from last year's highlights on Anne Arundel's theater scene — and looking forward to encore performances in 2013.
In 2012, residents were treated to stellar performances in drama, comedy and dance, along...
| 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 21, 2012
| 2:41 PM
The recent tragedy in Newtown brings forth, understandably, questions about poetry.
Can I communicate my grief by writing a poem?
Can I find solace or an answer in poetry?
Newspaper and magazine editors know, to their chagrin, that the response to...
| 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.
| Dec 29, 2012
| 1:39 PM
When some University of Maryland, College Park students return to class for the spring semester, they could be attending lectures, taking quizzes and completing group projects without leaving their dorm rooms.
The university is participating in a pilot...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 5:50 PM
"Tell all the truth but tell it slant" began Emily Dickinson's poem, and Paul Hendrickson has taken this wisdom to heart in "Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961," our 2012 Heartland Prize for Nonfiction winner.