Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Wonder Bread Summer.
Did you set out to write a "road" book or did that aspect evolve over time?
I wrote most of the first chapter as a short story (that was published in New York Tyrant). When I decided to make it a novel, I had no idea where it would go and didn't really know that it would be a road story. A very early draft had the whole story taking place in Berkeley with Allie running and hiding in various...
Our full interview with the race-car driver & Grand Prix of Baltimore contestant.
How does a kid from a small village in Scotland get into car racing?
I got into car racing because my dad was and is a fan of racing and his hobby was to go racing on the weekends. And I would go to the track with him since I was really small. So that’s where my passion for racing started: doing things with my dad.
Did I read that your brother and cousin race as well?
Yeah, my brother races...
Launched by Greek immigrants and family-owned since 1943, H&S Bakery continues to flourish and reshape East Baltimore's waterfront
The aging Zeus of H&S Bakery, a man born into a simple family business now 70 years old with annual sales of $800 million, John Paterakis has a few things in his Fells Point office that explain a lot. Beneath the calm gaze of his mother Kyriaki - a gentle woman from the island of Chios, her portrait in oil on the wall facing his desk is a low shelf of books that people thought...
Long before writing Young Thurgood, Larry Gibson broke down Baltimore’s political barriers.
In the garage beneath the downtown law offices of Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, Larry Gibson lifts a piece of luggage loaded with hardcover copies of his award-winning book, Young Thurgood, from his trunk. He intends to wheel the heavy bag up Charles Street to the city courthouse for a book signing with local bar association members. But first, the 71-year-old Gibson chats with a...
A Lutherville native gets his own Comedy Central show.
What makes history way more interesting? As it turns out: alcohol. Lutherville native Derek Waters, 33, and living in LA, got the idea for “Drunk History” while tossing a few back with actor pal Jake Johnson (New Girl). “He was really drunk and telling me about how Otis Redding knew he was going to die on that plane crash,” he says. “It was hilarious hearing someone so passionate, but frustrated...
Food Inc.’s Carole Morison got fed up with raising chickens and put her eggs in another basket.
Although she played a pivotal role in one of the most acclaimed movies of the past few years, Carole Morison never set out to be famous. An Eastern Shore farmer, she appeared in Food Inc., the 2009 Oscar-nominated documentary that took a critical look at the American food industry. In it, Morison gave the filmmakers a tour of the chicken houses on her farm, a big no-no in the agribusiness world....
If you had a free day this summer, how would you spend it?
Steve Forney, 34, owner, Green Leaf Builders:
“Five-mile walk to Fells for breakfast, Orioles day game, steamed crabs at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood for dinner. #BestBaltimoreSummerDay”
Elisa Lane, 39, PR manager:
“Mani/pedi, poolside, hair done, happy hour, dinner and night out with friends = complete bliss!”
Wes Henson, aka Captain Dee-Fense, Ravens super fan, 62, retired military:...
Fireworks and more great ways to celebrate this Fourth of July in Baltimore.
There are tons of fireworks going off this Fourth of July, so here are our picks for the best off-the-beaten-path views.
Tide Point Waterfront ParkLocust PointWith fewer crowds than atop Federal Hill or at the Inner Harbor, Tide Point’s waterfront promenade——where Hull Street meets the water and Under Armour has taken over——feels like a boardwalk right in the middle of the city.
Our full interview with Miss Maryland United States 2013
So where are you from? I am from Baltimore City, on the Westside of the city, Edmondson Village.
And the fact that you are from Baltimore is unusual, right? There’s never been a Miss Maryland from Baltimore City. They’re always from PG County and Montgomery County. They’re never from the inner city. So I’m really excited about that.
Whooo! Baltimore pride! Yeah, exactly.
Is there anything...
Our full interview with the author of A Beautiful Medicine.
Can you succinctly define what "a beautiful medicine" is? A beautiful medicine is a perspective on the nature of health, healing, and medicine that sees the search for love, beauty, and wholeness as the context for both the patient’s condition and a health practitioner’s ultimate intent.
As with holistic or integrative medicine, it suggests that health is far more than the absence of...