From Poe to Pac, artists connected to Baltimore consistently push the envelope. Is it something in the water?
Think of the artists most commonly associated with Baltimore and a common trait begins to emerge. Poe. Dark, right? Zappa. Eccentric. Waters. An auteur unto his own.
Immediately, other names come to mind: Mencken, Tupac, David Byrne, David Simon, Philip Glass, Grace Hartigan, John Barth, Divine, John Doe, Gertrude Stein, Animal Collective, Dan Deacon, Cab Calloway, and even Anne Tyler. For such a mainstream author, Tyler creates more than her share of offbeat characters.