| Nov 13, 2011
| 5:45 PM
No joke: Bernie Mac is the funniest American writer of the past 132 years. Funnier than Woody Allen. Funnier than Lenny Bruce. Funnier than David Sedaris. Funnier than Mark Twain even, and certainly funnier than Dave Barry. At least, the late King of...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 12:15 PM
Like Garrison Keillor, whose column used to appear in The Sun, Dan Rodricks underestimates the power of the tea party in American politics ("Question for tea party: What now?" Aug. 4). He should have read John Malagrin's letter right across the fold ("Tea...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 11:49 AM
Suzy Bogguss says it all started with Garrison Keillor back in 2008. As a guest on his radio show, she realized that everyone loves singing along to "Red River Valley," but children don't seem to know the tune. With music education fading from public...
| Sep 22, 2011
| 5:43 PM
Baltimore's book festival got here first.
Organizers of the 16th annual Baltimore Book Festival, which opens Friday, say they aren't fazed that a larger, glitzier, more star-studded event is being held on the exact same weekend just 40 miles to the...
| Oct 22, 2011
| 1:07 PM
Bravo, fat lady.
Or rather, bravo, "World of Opera," the public radio show that brought a measure of sanity to the drama surrounding Lisa Simeone, the Baltimore-based public radio host who landed in a controversy over media bias last week over her...
| May 21, 2011
We're living in an age of prize proliferation. It might not feel like it — especially with so many families hit hard by economic turmoil in the last few years — but it still exists, according to Joel Best's "Everyone's a Winner," a book that...
| Aug 4, 2010
Thousands of Americans nationwide go for the blue — ribbon, that is — in state fair food contests.
Jim Woodworth is one of those home cooks who enter the cooking competitions each year with a healthy case of ribbon lust.
They call him "The...
| Apr 29, 2010
| 1:39 PM
Repeat after me: No more yellow muck! No more yellow muck!
It's time to stand up for all that is right with homemade potato salad.
Now I can't take credit for starting the no-more-yellow-muck movement, but I warmly embrace humorist Garrison Keillor's...
| Nov 21, 2006
The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will expand to three days next April, but the bigger news is that the West Coast's premier rock and dance event will also welcome a country cousin: The concert's stages and tents will stay in place for an extra...
| May 29, 2010
If it was a bright sign that plenty of iPads lit up BookExpo America, the publishing industry's annual trade show and convention held at Manhattan's Jacob Javits Center this week, it was equally telling that the hot trend for fall books is dystopian...
| Jul 28, 2008
August Kleinzahler gets into fights at poetry readings.
Once, in Ireland, he traded insults with a host he found verbose. At a reading in a New York bar, he told a noisy drunk to shut his trap. Fists flew after the guy made a crack about Kleinzahler's...