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When Oral History Changed Storytelling

When Oral History Changed Storytelling

Apr 25 2014

Every week on NPR you might hear pieces from StoryCorps. Nearly as often you might catch firsthand glimpses of history in “oral…

Ralph Ellison and Telling Stories of Invisibility

Ralph Ellison and Telling Stories of Invisibility

Mar 27 2014

This month we marked the Ralph Ellison centennial, celebrating the author of Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953.   …

Harry Partch and the Music of the Rails

Harry Partch and the Music of the Rails

Mar 06 2014

The Chromelodeon Early in 1939 Harry Partch, the hobo son of missionaries, arrived in California and signed on to the California Writers’…

Hungry Heart

Hungry Heart

Jan 21 2014

This winter brings Broadway and Hollywood versions of strong 1920s women up against hard choices in a hard world: Machinal on Broadway…

Inside Llewyn Davis and Finding Lightnin’ Hopkins

Inside Llewyn Davis and Finding Lightnin’ Hopkins

Nov 28 2013

Inside Llewyn Davis, the new Coen Brothers film, inhabits a richly evocative time. Just glimpsing the sidewalks of Greenwich Village in the…

District of Lit

District of Lit

Oct 16 2013

The other week marked a rare event: the Library of Congress and the Folger Shakespeare Library – two of the country’s most…

Researching and Writing Neighborhood Histories

Researching and Writing Neighborhood Histories

Aug 20 2013

Thanks to Sunil Freeman at The Writer’s Center for featuring my post about writing neighborhood histories — with examples involving Harlem (from…

Two Hundred Years Ago this Month on Lake Erie…

Two Hundred Years Ago this Month on Lake Erie…

Aug 13 2013

Thanks to Bill Doughty for his glowing review of The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy on this…

Summer Sails 2: On a Scandinavian Deck in Baltimore Harbor

Summer Sails 2: On a Scandinavian Deck in Baltimore Harbor

Jul 03 2013

For the book Tall Ship Odysseys, about a few people from the great ships and their experiences across five decades, I met…

Tall Ships and Summer Sails

Tall Ships and Summer Sails

Jun 19 2013

Pride of Baltimore at sea, a photo by Pride of Baltimore II on Flickr. For the book Tall Ship Odysseys, which commemorates…