Blog

Baltimore Short Fiction

Baltimore Short Fiction

Aug 14 2014

Happy to have my review of two fine Baltimore writers in the Washington Independent Review of Books. Rafael Alvarez and Clarinda Harriss…

Empires of the Silk Road

Empires of the Silk Road

Jul 21 2014

My new guest post on National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog is about my trip to Kyrgyzstan, and stories of empires and herders…

From the Vault for National Doughnut Day: The Story of Doughnuts

From the Vault for National Doughnut Day: The Story of Doughnuts

Jun 06 2014

To mark Natonal Doughnut Day on June 6, thousands will trot to their neighborhood doughnut or donut shop for free samples. Here…

Inquiring Minds in the Library of Congress

Inquiring Minds in the Library of Congress

May 13 2014

My thanks to Erin Allen and the staff at the Library of Congress for featuring this Q&A about the Federal Writers’ Project…

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…