Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hemingway, Gellhorn subjects of new HBO biopic

Photo: HBO
Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman star in a new HBO movie about the marriage of writer Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn.  According to National Public Radio, the couple "married in 1940. Four years later, she expected to cover D-Day for Collier's magazine. By that point, her marriage was fraying, and when Hemingway took the job instead, the indomitable Gellhorn stowed away on a hospital ship and beat her husband to Normandy..."

Thursday, May 10, 2012

SMILE, HON, you've got a face for radio!

Orson Welles as The Shadow.
Did you ever wonder what I might sound like if I were Benn Ray, co-owner of Baltimore's own indie all-star, Atomic Books?  Neither did I  - but now you can hear it for yourself on this week's installment of The Inverse Delirium Podcast, a self-described "spoof of media culture & life in this American Baltimore."  This week's guests also include WYPR's Nathan Sterner and Unknown Penguin Patrick Flynn, mostly as themselves!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

SMILE, HON leaves the beaten path

BALTIMORE, Md. – If main-street facades embody the stuffy front parlors of urban existence, then alleyways are certainly its living quarters, a place where collars are opened, tongues are relaxed, and business gets done.

Group of employees and several small boys in the littered alley entrance to a Baltimore garment factory, 1921. Source: National Archives.
Now, through July 1, 2012, literary byway Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore! is accepting stories, essays, poetry, photography and other artwork that creatively interpret the theme of “alleyways” for an upcoming special issue.  Creative non-fiction is preferred, though all submissions will be considered.  Copy (100 – 2,000 words) should be submitted via e-mail as attached Word (or text) documents.  Image files should be approximately 5" x 7", 300+ dpi (.JPG or .TIF format).  All contributors will receive a byline/artist credit for their work as well as two (2) complimentary copies of the issue.

From the harbor to the hills, Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! collects the tales of those on whom Mobtown has left her indelible mark. Polished, professional essays; barroom sermons delivered from the sanctity of a favorite stool; the poet's fleeting sentiment, captured in both word and snapshot – Smile, Hon offers a slice of Baltimore as told by Baltimore, presented with the time-honored DIY accessibility of a limited-run, handcrafted zine. A two-time Utne Independent Press Award Nominee, Smile, Hon has also been dubbed "Best Zine" by Baltimore Magazine (2008) and Baltimore City Paper (2004). Other special theme issues have tackled such subjects as sex, rats, tattoos and waste.

An Eight-Stone Press production, Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! is available locally for purchase at Atomic Books (Baltimore, MD); City Lights Books (San Francisco, CA) Cyclops Books & Music (Baltimore, MD); Microcosm Publishing (Bloomington, IN, and Portland, OR); Quimby's (Chicago, IL); Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse (Baltimore, MD) and Ukazoo Books (Towson, MD).

For more information, contact:

William P. Tandy, Editor
Eight-Stone Press
P.O. Box 11064
Baltimore, Maryland 21212