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by Amanda Boyle

Book Review: OCEAN STATE by Jean McGarry

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Local author Jean McGarry’s new collection of short stories, Ocean State (Johns Hopkins University Press: 2010), explores the bonds of family and community in the nation’s smallest state, Rhode Island. Her characters are drawn through the lenses of life’s major happenings — birth, death, marriage — and through these events her characters expand. They are [...]     Read More →



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Baltimore indie.

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One thing is that Baltimore is a city with all these holes in it through which you can see the gears working or not working, and it moves before you, totally coggishly with this or that jamming or interlocking. When it coalesces it makes total sense, but always — especially for those a part of [...]     Read More →



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Murderland is dead on arrival

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Over the last 40 years, countless hardworking and devoted people dedicate their time, if not their lives, to reassuring critics and fans alike that comic books are not a medium only for children. Stephen Scott, author of the new Image comic series Murderland, is not one of these people. I love comics and I love [...]     Read More →



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Jazz and blues.

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Given the exuberant eclecticism of Baltimore’s music scene, it can come as a bit of a shock to discover the city’s general disinterest in jazz — or at least, its lack of the traditional jazz clubs that are ubiquitous in New York and DC. That said, its many live-music venues guarantee something for everyone, and [...]     Read More →