Description - Michael Olesker's Baltimore by Michael Olesker
In this collection of newspaper columns written for the "Baltimore Sun" and "The News American" since the 1970s, the author aims to capture the essence of Baltimore - big city with the heart of a small town. The text offers a front row seat at the daily skirmishes that mark the city's life. Olesker draws 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, and 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. With articles about the price neighbourhoods pay over racial conflicts and about the small deals that are made to get communities through a given day, the book deepens understanding of the city's people and their resilience.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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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.