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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…

On the Rails and On the Ropes in Oklahoma

On the Rails and On the Ropes in Oklahoma

Jun 11 2013

This spring sees the publication of On the Ropes, a long-awaited sequel to James Vance’s earlier graphic novel, Kings in Disguise, which…

Young Readers Engage

Young Readers Engage

May 08 2013

A few weeks ago, courtesy of the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program, I was honored to join a group of high-school seniors…

5 Steps for Creativity

5 Steps for Creativity

Mar 17 2013

Starting a new workshop at The Writer’s Center (and speaking at a book festival next weekend) has me rethinking the writing process.…

Documentaries Need Characters Too

Documentaries Need Characters Too

Feb 27 2013

Thanks to Sunil Freeman at The Writer’s Center blog, First Person Plural, for posting my piece on how crisis shapes character, and…