During the Starts Here! reading last night at Artifact Coffee, one of our contributors read from a few of her great STYLE pieces and our editor’s glasses really worked the room!Read More »
Veg Out New big books on gardening beckon the socially conscious and the salad-inclined, respectively.
Five years ago, my then-girlfriend (now wife) and I partnered with another couple, friends, to lease two small garden plots in the midst of Clifton Park Golf Course as part of Baltimore’s City Farms program. To date, we’ve grown potatoes, tomatoes, okra, peas, corn, strawberries, watermelon, garlic, Swiss chard, arugula, …Read More »
The IT Guy Innovation expert Alec Ross on his new book, his world travels and why he'll always come back to Baltimore.
In a classic Smalltimore moment, when STYLE asked me to interview Alec Ross, I’d already spent countless hours with his wife, and my children with his children. For years, we’ve all been availing ourselves of the public schools and libraries, while Ross has taken career turns as teacher, entrepreneur, policy …Read More »
Look Books Next to your Pinterest-worthy terrariums and Anthropologie vases should be at least one (if not all) of these six sexy coffee table books.
Relive some of Vogue’s greatest moments in Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue, the book that chronicles the famously visionary creative director Grace Coddington (Phaidon, $150). Cabin Porn by Zach Klein—hey, get your head out of the gutter—is a serene photo meditation on the great outdoors (Little Brown, $18). …Read More »
Reality Check What's the meaning of real life in 2015? Baltimore-based fiction writer Kathy Flann lets us have it-in formidable short story form.
Goucher professor Kathy Flann’s second collection of stories, “Get a Grip”—released last month through Texas Review Press—recalls the hilariously hyperbolic energy of an early T.C. Boyle meets Lorrie Moore’s angst-ridden, comically absurd population. But Flann’s own lilting, funny/angry/astute music finally makes such comparisons simplistic. I should say that I know …Read More »
Shelf Life: Fear Factor Four creepy-good reads for the season of ghosts, goblins and Everlasting Gobstoppers. Pick them up—if you dare.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware Cut to a glass-walled cabin in the woods in winter. (Um, I’d never stay there overnight, would you?) But protagonist Nora is reuniting with close friends after 10 years of estrangement for a “hen party”—the British version of a bachelorette bash—and it’s …Read More »
How Happy are we? As comedian Isaac Oliver’s career heats up, he comes home to Baltimore for white wine with an ice cube.
Playwright, essayist and performer Isaac Oliver is on an enviable roll. The 31-year-old, New York-based funny man hits the Baltimore Book Festival this month as headliner to read from his new book “Intimacy Idiot,” an assortment of essays about and riffs on coming of age as a gay 20-something man. …Read More »