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Wednesday, September 26, 2001

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Jefferson Jackson Steele

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Next of Kin: Rick Bragg Gives His Family Tree Another Shake in Ava's Man | Big Books Feature by Frank Diller

Speak, Memory: Bashed By Oprah and Other Tales From the Memoir Trade | Big Books Feature by Wendy Ward

The Little Girls Understand . . .: Perhaps little girls are behind the popularity of memoirs. | Big Books Intro

First Persons: A Sampling of the Best Modern Memoirs | Big Books Reviews

I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie: Better than the recent ego-stoked memoirs of the musicians she aspired to, uhh, know, "Miss Pamela"'s account of her reign as a top groupie scores big--and not only with cheap thrills. | Big Books Reviews by Stacey Mink

Goodbye to All That: First published in 1929, this memoir by the poet and novelist (I, Claudius) remains the most immediate account we have of a British officer's experiences during the First World War. | Big Books Reviews by Mahinder Kingra

Autobiography of a Face: Poet Lucy Grealy survived cancer and wrote a book about it, like other fortunate hundreds before and since. | Big Books Reviews by Lee Gardner

Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica: Though dirt poor and living in total obscurity when she died in 1960, Zora Neale Hurston had spent decades writing about black culture, creating an enduring literary legacy. | Big Books Reviews by Afefe Tyehimba

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness: Kay Redfield Jamison undertook to write about her personal experiences with manic depression after she had investigated and explained the illness from every other vantage point--as a researcher, as a clinician, as a student of the arts. | Big Books Reviews by Eileen Murphy

Survival in Auschwitz: The Nazi Assault on Humanity: Primo Levi's memoir of his 10 months in Auschwitz is a masterpiece of Holocaust literature--not simply a recounting of personal tragedies and historical atrocities, but a remarkably clear-eyed and rigorous meditation on the fragile nature of human personality and identity in the face of systematic oppression. | Big Books Reviews by Sandy Asirvatham

Harpo Speaks!: Whether Harpo Marx's 1961 autobiography qualifies as a memoir is open to question, given that there's a good chance the subject didn't pen it himself. | Big Books Reviews by Adele Marley

Angela's Ashes: A Memoir: Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn in 1930, but his parents reversed the usual Irish-American immigrant tale and returned to their native Limerick, naively hoping to find a better life there during the Great Depression. | Big Books Reviews by Heather Joslyn

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness: At the start of this Memoir of Madness, novelist William Styron is about to receive the prestigious Prix Mondial del Duca. | Big Books Reviews by Eileen Murphy

My Own Country: A Doctor's Story: Born of Indian parents and raised in Ethiopia, Abraham Verghese could hardly find a place less his own than Johnson City, Tenn. | Big Books Reviews by Eileen Murphy

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NEWS

Low Profile: It's been two weeks since Sept. 11, and little by little the terrorist attacks' toll on Baltimore... | The Nose

Rumor of War: Truth, it's been said, is the first causality of war. | The Nose

Love Among the Ruins: As the smoke cleared from the Manhattan skyline last week, tales emerged of courage under fire,... | Feature by Liz Langley

House Proud: By the time I'd climbed the hill to Mount Clare Museum House in Carroll Park, I didn't know what to... | Charmed Life by Charles Cohen

Beating the Drum: Federal Communications Commission regulations state that "broadcast stations have an obligation to serve their local community's [sic] needs and inter... | Media Circus by Michael Anft

The Mail | Mobtown Beat

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COLUMNS

Members of the Wedding: Prologue: Meeting CuteI always called her "Fearn" because she called me "Liv. | Germ Bag by Suz Redfearn

Two-Minute Warning, Two Minutes Hate: This may not seem possible to many of you, but my column will make less sense than usual this week. | Mr. Wrong by Joe MacLeod

Battle Scars: I always thought I was too smart to get caught in this trap, but here I am. | Think Mink by Mink Stole

If Looks Could Kill: The moment Osama bin Laden and his followers were fingered as the most likely suspects in the... | Urban Rhythms by Wiley Hall III

The Sporting Life: Here's how it went for me on Sept. 17, the Day Sports Came Back: I turned on the TV and, since the Orioles were off, I took a look at an inning or two... | 8 Upper by Tom Scocca

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COMICS

"Accuracy in Cake Decorating": Sept. 17-23 | Funny Paper by Scocca & MacLeod

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ARTS

Thinking Outside the Box: On the Saturday after the attacks, the Trivializer was back up and running again. | The Arts by Lee Gardner

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: What comes to mind when you hear the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian" on the radio? | The Arts by Shelly Ridenour

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Even a week after the horror of Sept. 11, nothing seemed more irrelevant than seeing a movie, to... | The Arts by Ian Grey

Life During Wartime: "Abigail/ can you feel my heart/ in the palm of your hand . . . | The Arts by Tom Scocca

Stage | Stage | Stage | Art

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MUSIC

In the Tradition: Herbie Hancock Looks Back, Looks Forward, Looks Alright | Music by Piotr Orlov

Hank Levy | Review by James D. Dilts

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FILM

A Stolen Life | Review by Luisa F. Ribeiro

Immortal Beloved | Review by Ian Grey

Glitter | Review by Rachel Deahl

Bread and Tulips | Review by Adele Marley

Don't Say a Word | Review by Ian Grey

The Glass House | Review by Rachel Deahl

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EAT

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar | Review by Susan Fradkin

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