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Michael Olesker's Baltimore
By Michael Olesker

Michael Olesker's Baltimore

If You Live Here, You're Home

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Michael Olesker's Baltimore by Michael Olesker

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In this collection of humorous and poignant newspaper columns written for the Baltimore Sun and The News American over the last two decades, Michael Olesker captures the essence of Baltimore-a big city with the heart of a small town. Here in the closing years of the 20th century is Baltimore, with all its unexpected triumphs, crushing troubles, idiosyncratic characters, and lively neighborhoods. Michael Olesker's Baltimore offers a front row seat at the daily skirmishes that mark the city's life. Olesker draws intimate portraits of major politicians and local celebrities, of big names like William Donald Schaefer and Kurt Schmoke, Barbara Mikulski and Bea Gaddy, Artie Donovan and Brooks Robinson, Barry Levinson and John Waters. He gives equal time to players along the fringes-Block denizens, professional gamblers, petty street hustlers-and to the generally unsung heroes who keep the city vibrant and kicking. With articles about the price neighborhoods pay over racial conflicts and about the small deals that are made to get communities through a given day, Michael Olesker's Baltimore deepens our understanding of the city's people and their resilience. Olesker is hard-edged and straightforward but also warmhearted in his portrayal of Baltimore's colorful characters and their settings. In a style that combines police-blotter with Sunday-feature writing, he tells brief stories that show why-to visitors and residents alike-Baltimore feels like home. "Baltimore is a city of tribal rituals, of neighbors sharing steamed crabs in the back yard, and downtown waitresses who call their customers Hon without worrying about any vast sociological implications, and worshipful football fans who believe the snatching of their beloved Colts was the worst kidnapping since the Lindbergh baby."-from Michael Olesker's Baltimore

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801852039
ISBN-10: 080185203X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 10-Nov-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael Olesker

Michael Olesker has been writing for newspapers since he went to high school at Baltimore City College and imagined nothing in the world could be more fun than meeting interesting people and writing about them. Nothing, in the ensuing three decades, has changed his mind. He began writing a column for The News American in 1976, and after three years moved to the Baltimore Sun. Since 1983, he has been a nightly commentator for WJZ-TV's Eyewitness News.

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