Acclaimed author Alice McDermott is also revered in her Johns Hopkins classroom.
When Alice McDermott suggests meeting for lunch at the Irish Inn at Glen Echo, it seems like an obvious choice. Critics often tag her as an Irish-American, or Irish-Catholic, writer, and the proposed setting conjures images of Guinness on tap, shamrock decorations, fish and chips, and a steady stream of stock phrases like “luck of the Irish” and “Irish eyes are smiling.” But it turns out that the...
Local yoga champ encourages men to give the practice a try.
Eddie Hall lifts himself off the ground from a seated position, balancing on his hands. One leg folds inward as the other effortlessly extends behind him, until his foot reaches his head and rests on his neck.
To the average guy, this may seem impossible, but to Hall, it’s a piece of cake. It’s also one of the key positions, called the “Om” pose, which he will demonstrate in a three-minute...
So maybe our 14 high school picks for 2014 aren't legends yet, but it's only a matter of time.
17, senior, goalie, The Bryn Mawr School
When did you start playing lacrosse? When I was four. I played attack until ninth grade, then transitioned to goalie.
What do you love about the sport? The competitiveness and speed. It is a game that never gets boring because the possession is always changing and shots are always being taken.
Complete this sentence: More people would love...
Founder, Film Studies program, Loyola University Maryland; author of Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream.
Do you watch the Oscars?
My wife and I usually watch it. Unless I’m out of town. I usually hit the hay before it’s over.
It’s really, really long.
It runs into my bedtime. I hate it that they backload the important awards until the end, but I guess they have to.
Do you think the Oscars are relevant?
That’s a great question. Relevant to what? Relevant to the art of filmmaking as it’s understood...
Hometown Pride? Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte was incredibly dismissive of her hometown. Did she ever say anything positive about the city?
How did you initially learn about Elizabeth (Betsy)?
I had just finished appearing in a documentary on Dolley Madison, who, as you know, was a friend of Betsy’s. I was talking to one of the producers of the show and mentioned that I hadn’t really found a topic that appealed to me for a new book project. His face lit up; I have the perfect topic for you, he said: Betsy Bonaparte! He had done a...
Alice McDermott as an instructor, writer, and mentor
Matthew Thomas studied with Alice McDermott when he was a Writing Seminars student at Johns Hopkins University. When asked about McDermott for our March profile, he sent the following essay about her as an instructor, writer, and mentor. It beautifully amplifies the importance of McDermott’s contributions in the classroom and beyond. Thomas’s debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, will be published...
Local book of King Arthur-inspired poems wins literary prize.
A few pages into her new poetry collection, Guinevere in Baltimore, Shelley Puhak drops her first local reference: “O say, can you see?—from 95 North, the swath of city from stadium to incinerator smokestack.” That poem, “Lancelot, En Route, Stopping Off at Fort McHenry,” not only unmistakably establishes the Baltimore setting, but also introduces the third-wheel member of the troubled love...
Firsthand accounts of what's happening in Baltimore.
December 15, 2013E. Fort Avenue
The slightly battered, retro, red-leather stools are filled, but turned away from the bar as patrons peruse the rear “gallery” wall. At the end of Idle Hour’s narrow corner bar, DJ Mike Yonko spins 45s, including “Blue Christmas” and “Suspicious Minds,” in keeping with tonight’s “Velvet Elvis Off”—a combination art competition and charity auction....
In 1954, the Supreme Court declared segregated education unconstitutional. Sixty years later, four Baltimoreans recall their first days in their new schools.
“Inherently unequal” was the phrase Earl Warren used, writing his first major opinion as Supreme Court chief justice on May 17, 1954, striking down the “separate but equal” principle that long-governed American public education.
To separate black children in schools, Warren said, “from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to...
A Gilman teacher travels to Alaska for the Iditarod.
Jennifer Reiter has been tricking her third graders. Since she started teaching at Gilman in 2000, she has used the Iditarod dogsled race as a part of her curriculum.
“It’s a natural fit with boys, who are excited about dogs and adventure,” she says. “They think it’s fun, but really they are learning math and geography.”
This month, Reiter travels to Alaska for the Iditarod’s “Teacher on the...