When his wife, Pamela, 41, was pregnant, Travis Bishop, 46, liked to have some fun when people congratulated them. “I would say, very deadpan, ‘It’s not mine,’” he says. Pause. “Then, ‘It’s not hers, either.’” This is the way the Bishops of Rockville, who are both in the Navy, …Read More »
Maybe Ann Hirsch’s art should come with an NSFW (not safe for work) warning. I speak from experience—watching her video performance piece “Semiotics of the Camwhore” in my office cubicle made me feel a bit self-conscious. But to Hirsch’s credit, I couldn’t look away from the video’s comedic/brainy bedroom scene, …Read More »
Maryland is not a blue state. And for a budding band of entrepreneurs, that’s a very good thing. No, we’re not talking politics here, but vexillology—the study of flags. We’re one of only four U.S. states whose flags don’t include the color blue. Our jaunty banner with the red, white, …Read More »
Getting it On A handful of new and newish titles helps us navigate our way through today’s evolving sexual landscape.
In sixth grade, I often joined my friend Jenny and her parents at family group therapy. It was fascinating stuff: A group of 20 sat in a circle and shared their feelings. There was anger, resentment, frustration, and often one adult or another voiced her or his concern about their …Read More »
“Erotic art to me is never the act,” explains seasoned painter/draftsman Cornel Rubino, who resides in Charles Village with his artist wife, Linda Gravina Ridings. “It’s the small suggestion accompanying it. The tightly gripped handkerchief between the teeth of a figure in a work by Utamaro; the baroque excess in …Read More »
First Times We asked six local writers to reflect on their first times doing sexually adventurous things that have stayed with them to this day.
As a Female Rahne Alexander I experienced my first adolescence in the disease-paranoid late-’80s, fully conscious of who I was but could not risk revealing. By the time I started middle school, I had developed a firm understanding of myself as a young woman living through a temporary assignment to …Read More »
“All the world’s a stage,” as Shakespeare would have us believe and, if you drove past the 700 block of Calvert Street last year, you’ll have noticed that Center Stage was taking this literally. In the interests of a $32 million renovation of their historic building, they turned themselves inside …Read More »
Some days I find myself praying to all that’s holy for rain—because rain is what gets my kid’s soccer practice cancelled, or that cross-country meet called off. On some of those rainy days my kids are relieved, too, because there’s a point in every season when the sports schedule really …Read More »
The Ladies of Hampden star in a sizzling pair of calendars all their own this year, and each book is a theatrical spectacle to behold. A spinoff on last year’s “Boys of Hampden”/ “Boys of Hampden Gone Wild” double-calendar project—which featured male business owners from the Hampden area posing in …Read More »
To T or Not to T A Baltimore-based fiction writer tells the whole truth about his decision to receive testosterone replacement therapy.
On book tour this summer, I found myself saying in a Q&A in Chicago that yes, I was very much like graduate student Silas Huth, depicted in my latest novel, Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall. “At 22, I was an arrogant, insecure slut,” I announced, getting the laugh while …Read More »