March 27, 1994
If there is anything more futile than coveting a man's soul, it is pretending to be that man.I wanted to be the poet Charles "Hank" Bukowski.I tried to be Bukowski.Now Hank is dead, and I've stopped trying.This month, leukemia took Hank away at 73. His family came to America from Germany when he was 3, landing first in Baltimore. They settled in Los Angeles. It was here that Hank suffered his father's stern discipline, without escape, until finding solace in a bottle at age 13. Like Los Angeles, booze would both corrupt and create his writing all his life.
April 28, 1999
Here is a sentence building activity to try after reading "The Biggest Bear." For this activity you will need construction paper, scissors and a pencil.Directions:Cut 25 2-inch squares out of construction paper. On five squares, write nouns (people and things) such as: bear, mother, Johnny, maple sugar, pancakes.On five more squares write verbs (action words) such as: ran, ate, live, see, likes, makes.On five more squares write adjectives (describing words) such as: big, sweet, old, fast, little.
November 29, 2004
WASHINGTON - I can't imagine what Sen. Edward M. Kennedy must feel. I mean, I know it's traumatic to see your brother shot in the head and killed. But what must it add to your pain to see that tragedy become a video game? It happened last week. The game, available online, is called JFK Reloaded, and it was released to coincide with the 41st anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Download the game at a cost of $9.99 and you find yourself on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas.
April 1, 1991
HERE IS a review H. L. Mencken did for the American Mercury, in December 1930, that we happened upon and now pass along, condensed:"THE BOSTON COOKING-SCHOOL COOK-BOOK, by Fannie Merritt Farmer. $2.50. 831pp."Miss Farmer, I take it, has long since joined the angel host, but her cooking school in Boston still goes on, and so does her cook-book. . . First published in 1896. . . its circulation to date, including the initial printing to the present revision, runs to 1,436,000 copies. Obviously, a technical work in such heavy demand must have some merits.
October 3, 1996
LATE 20th CENTURY Americans can be selfish beings -- consumed with life in our own back yards, too busy with day-to-day hassles to expend much angst on others' troubles. But we have a soft spot for specific hard-luck stories, for tragedies with faces. Little Jessica stuck in a well. Five children orphaned when a car strikes their mother in front of Meyerhoff Hall. Every so often our emotions are tripped by someone's troubles. Then our largess can be overwhelming.So it has been with Sun reporter Lorraine Mirabella's story about a desperate Northeast Baltimore family.
January 16, 1991
IT'S NOT A QUESTION of sticking your nose in somebody else's business. It's a question of somebody else's business sticking in your nose.And the business is perfume. Or more precisely perfume abuse. Which nobody to date has addressed in a serious fashion. Nobody has said, look this is reaching epic proportions. My nose is being assaulted every day by some personage who, unhappy with her own smell, has DOUSED herself in a substance that should have been DABBED.Such as the lady who just sat down in front of you. Who has drenched herself in such a megadose of perfume that if you don't get a hit of real oxygen in about 10 seconds, it is just possible that the 911 folks are going to be cordially invited to come and work you over.