December 15, 2012
In her historical novels, Annapolis author Erika Robuck invents everyday men and women whose lives intersect with those of acclaimed American authors. She figures that fiction is sometimes the best way of learning something true. "I'm interested in famous writers and how they used the people in their lives," Robuck says. "They take things, and they don't always ask permission. It's such a betrayal. " Robuck's current novel, "Hemingway's Girl," tells the story of Mariella Bennet, a young, half-Cuban housemaid who must negotiate the marital minefield created by Ernest Hemingway and his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer.
December 30, 2007
Born Frizzell Gray, Baltimore native Kweisi Mfume began his career as a political activist, first elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1979. After two terms on the council, in 1986, the Democrat was elected to the House of Representatives and went on to serve as the congressman from Maryland's 7th District for five terms. From 1996 to 2004 he was president and CEO of the Baltimore-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Since a failed bid for the Senate in 2006, Mfume has toured the country on public speaking engagements.
March 11, 2007
KEY WEST, FLA. // Only one road leads from Key Largo all the way to Key West, so you'll get wet before you get lost. For the directionally impaired, that makes things easier. Yet the 100 or so miles between Key Largo in the north and Key West on the southwestern end cover a lot of territory. The Keys comprise 1,700 islands, after all. Harry Truman visited 11 times between 1946 and 1952. Ernest Hemingway spent 11 years in Key West. I had two days to take it in. For the most part, U.S. 1 is two lanes -- sometimes highway, sometimes city street.
August 13, 2006
KEY WEST, Fla. -- For more than 40 years, they have lounged on Ernest Hemingway's bed, lolled in his garden and sipped water from the urinal he dragged home from his favorite saloon, delighting tourists from around the world. But now the nearly 50 cats at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, about half of which bear a sixth toe on their front paws, are felines non grata - scofflaws who, the federal government says, must be caged, kept under guard or removed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the author's one-time home in Key West needs a license to exhibit the descendants of the original polydactyl, or extra-toed, cat he is said to have received from a ship captain in the 1930s.
July 2, 2006
The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of Jose Robles Stephen Koch Counterpoint Press / 308 pages / $15.95 Koch proposes that the Spanish Civil War was a crucible for Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, both in terms of their friendship and their literary fortunes. "It is a story steeped in intrigue, duplicity and nefarious figures, all told with a cynicism well matched to the age," we said in our review.
August 1, 2004
OCEAN CITY - Some people come here for the sun and sand. Some come because it's a family tradition. But this week, several hundred people are here because they hope to hook a million bucks. At the White Marlin Open, six-figure checks are the norm, and last year's winner, Doug Remsberg, walked off with $1.3 million for a 78.5-pound white. That's $16,611 a pound. "Not your average supermarket fish, is it?" says Jim Motsko, founder and director of the 31-year-old event, believed to be the largest and most lucrative billfish tournament in the world.