‘Dark’ thoughts in Jewish author’s angsty new novel

Jewish News, Phoenix, Ariz. October 11, 2017 I began reading Nicole Krauss’ new novel, “Forest Dark,” with interest, especially because the hardback copy I picked up from the library had a blurb on the front cover from the author of one of my favorite books. “A brilliant novel. I am full of admiration,” wrote Philip... Continue Reading →

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Fight or Flight? I can’t make up my mind

I am a bleeding heart liberal. So sue me. I grew up with the Vietnam War and civil rights protests on the nightly news. I marched on Washington in the 1970s with my mother to support the ERA and attended a truly integrated high school where we got along for the most part and I... Continue Reading →

Let down, or left out? Try these post-election leftovers

Cheer up! Campaign promises already breaking Feeling let down or left out after the election? While putting together some delicious Cauliflower Parmesan Spinach Crepes from this week’s leftovers, I found I am feeling better about things this morning. Within 48 hours of the election, the president elect is already backing off on a number of... Continue Reading →

Thinking, Cooking, Writing and Fear

If you’ve ever wondered why my blog and Twitter handle is Newzcook, it’s because I started this blog when I was an underpaid/overworked community newspaper reporter who loved journalism and cooking on the cheap. The original full blog title was Newzcook: sharp talk/cheap meals. I think a lot when I cook, and often find metaphors... Continue Reading →

A Change in the Eire?

Under a brilliant winter morning sky, more than 80 people gathered on the corner of Andre and Clement streets in Locust Point this morning to witness, and for some to bid on, what many thought would be the final demise of  J. Patrick’s Pub, a big part of the heart of Baltimore’s Traditional Irish music scene. But,... Continue Reading →

No. 12 Made Glorious Summer

  A bright day in the winter of our discontent It seems like weeks since I sat in our tiny newsroom, three small black-and-white televisions beaming static-filled pictures and fuzzy sound of the inauguration of Barack Obama. Yet it's only been five days. January 20 was a bright shining day amid a winter that seems... Continue Reading →

No. 10 Pot Pie Comfort

Cold, lean and on-edge. Time for Comfort Food. I suppose it's time to get back to some foodchat. I've been spouting off about the newspaper business (hiring, anyone?) and the DTV revolution, which, by the way, saw a bump in the road last week when the feds ran out of money for those government-sponsored discount... Continue Reading →

No. 7 News Year

          Newspapers and the New Year This is my 7th post. Hopefully it'll bring some luck with it, because as we stare down the barrel of 2009 the newspaper industry (where I make my living) is in sore need of some luck, or some better ideas, a better economy, and a... Continue Reading →

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