Novelist’s unique take on crime

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: June 01, 2020

George Pelecanos is the award-winning writer of 21 novels set in and around Washington, D.C. — all researched, he said, “in the street rather than the library.”  Pelecanos, 63, prides himself on prowling mean inner-city streets to get the most accurate descriptions for his crime novels. Lately, though, the resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, has been relegated to the woods of... READ MORE

A life filled with spooky work and stories

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: May 20, 2020

Columbia resident Alma Katsu cannot be constrained to one occupation. She’s a former analyst for the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency. She’s a consultant for emerging technologies in the government and private industry.  But she’s also an award-winning author who can’t even be contained within one literary genre, with novels in romance, historical... READ MORE

For 40 years, journalist pursues her love

By: Susan Ahearn
Posted on: May 19, 2020

“From WYPR, I’m Sheilah Kast. We’re On the Record.” That’s the line Sheilah Kast delivers each morning as she introduces her daily public radio program, “On the Record,” on WYPR in Baltimore.  Kast has hosted daily programs at the station since 2006. But she has been a journalist working in newspapers, network television news and public radio for 40 years.  The... READ MORE

How flowers survive social distancing

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: May 19, 2020

Amid these times of distancing from other people, perhaps we can learn from the intricate relationships in nature, including the one between flowers and the bees who pollinate them.  Since plants permanently “shelter in place,” they have had to develop the means to reproduce. Pollination is the symbiotic relationship between plants that are fertilized and pollinators that do the... READ MORE

My last column: Thank you and goodbye

By: Alexis Bentz
Posted on: May 14, 2020

I can still remember a time when, at an academic banquet, a woman approached my table and asked, “Are you Alexis Bentz?” When I confirmed that I was, she exclaimed that she was an avid reader of the Beacon and a fan of my work.  She told me that she hadn’t considered the generational gap before, and that my column had inspired her to view teenagers in a new light.  The... READ MORE

We certainly are living in hairy times

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: May 11, 2020

We sit in our abodes. And sit.  Junking on TV and too much food. Blowing through our entire collection of jigsaw puzzles. Calling old friends. Trying to stay one step ahead of the virus. But one force of nature continues, self-quarantine or not.  Hair grows.  Mine has. In spades. Yes, I know, at my age, I should be grateful that I still have some. In fact, I have oodles of ... READ MORE