If the look of handwriting on an old surface tattered from use grabs your attention or if you admire people who dare to do the seemingly impossible to further scientific inquiry, there are two titles by and about creative spirits to put on your bedside table. The elegant design …Read More »
Voices from Home Beautiful prose and haunting stories captivate in this trio of novels from writers with Maryland connections or whom we just admire.
There is no shortage of novels to savor this fall from writers connected to our state’s vibrant community of prose. Here are three we highly recommend. In Behind the Moon by Madison Smartt Bell (City Lights Books, 280 pages, $21.95) Julie cuts school to explore the Badlands with her girlfriend …Read More »
Seen and Heard After years on the local poetry scene, Shirley Brewer’s latest book moves readers to a new realm.
Even on a summer’s morning, the college crowd at Charles Village’s Bird in Hand is a serious lot. Bent over laptops or conferring over coffee and notebooks, they present a cheerless contrast to poet Shirley Brewer, whose purple tassel earrings match the streak in her blond hair and the three …Read More »
Like a greatest hits album, or a “Where Are They Now?” column, I sometimes tally up the best and worst outfits I’ve ever worn. I still feel shame about the patchwork-plaid maternity romper that a man at a bowling alley mistook as a costume. And my high school social life …Read More »
There are many ways to take a trip: in your head, your heart, via airplane. You can trip on the sidewalk, you can trip on drugs, you can trip up your friends … you can trip out on just about anything. My favorite trips are the ones where I am …Read More »
At 24, I found myself married, pregnant and the new owner of a house in Toronto. I wallpapered, painted and salvaged old furniture. But after having grown up in a home where no one gardened (other than the marijuana plants my father grew for my mother, which were hidden between …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 »
A Side of Dressing Three new books examine the aesthetic, the political and the seamy aspects of fashion.
Fashion is drama. It’s comedy. It’s story. That’s why I love it. It isn’t just about looking good (although that counts); rather, it’s about creating a character and following a narrative. The clothes we wear say something about who we are, or more specifically, who we want people to think …Read More »
Addicted to Jane Serious, imperious and occasionally delirious, the Jane Austen Society of North America gathers annually.
They call themselves—proudly, affectionately and, perhaps, with a wink—Janeites: the 5,000 members of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), whose devotion to the works and life of the late-18th/early-19th century English novelist borders on the obsessive. And each year since 1979, the Janeites, with representatives from the society’s …Read More »
In the winter of 2014, University of Maryland alum Jason Reynolds and Boston native Brendan Kiely were sent off on tour together in support of their debut novels: When I Was the Greatest and The Gospel of Winter, respectively. During this tour, while sharing every meal and meeting for beers …Read More »