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X-Content: Ten Years Ago in City Paper: Sept. 25, 2002

September 25, 2012

City Paper’s 2002 Big Books issue focuses on pulp literature, and has an introduction and five features: Tom Chalkley on H.L. Menken’s role in the genre; Lizzie Skurnick on her Sweet Valley writing gig; Christopher Skokna on comics as literature; Wendy Ward on getting hooked on mass-market paperbacks; and Mahinder Kingra on sci-fi giants Philip K. Dick and Alfred Bester.

In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith puts controversial developer Charles Jeffries Jr. under the microscope.

The Nose plays with the Prizm online “lifestyle segmentation system” and spotlights the City of Baltimore’s new water-billing system, courtesy of Utility Review Management Co.

Brennen Jensen’s Charmed Life profiles a Baltimore wannabe movie star, Chris Myers (no relation to the CP photog of the same name).

Christopher Myers’ How’s it Going? gets answers from Sterling Spencer, Alex Weber, and Alea Cummings.

Michael Anft files his final Media Circus.

The Mail has letters from Travis DuCote, Marc Berrong, Jeff May, Chuck Amos, Devon Fick, Matthew Craft, Lea Antonio, and Jim Keat.

The columns are: Brian Morton’s Political Animal, on GOP gubernatorial candidate Robert Ehrlich; Joe MacLeod’s Mr. Wrong, on Push, Nevada; and Mink Stole’s Think Mink, on mean mothers-in-law and working too hard.

Scocca & MacLeod’s proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you don’t have to.

Mike Giuliano’s Art goes to see the latest at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Gallery International, C. Grimaldis Gallery, and Craig Flinner Contemporary Gallery.

In Stage: Jack Purdy happily navigates Everyman Theatre’s production of Ronald Harwood’s Taking Sides; Anna Ditkoff is disappointed with Baltimore Shakespeare Festival’s production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet; and John Barry praises Vagabond Theatre’s production of Morris Gleitzman’s Two Weeks With the Queen.

Josephine Yun’s Feedback blasts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s season opener.

Music is: Bret McCabe, visiting with instrument-inventing musician Neil Feather and previewing the High Zero festival; and Tony Green, making the case for Raphael Saddiq and Big Moe as soulful, jazzy funksters.

In Film: Richard Gorelick slams The Banger Sisters and The Four Feathers; Lee Gardner scratches his head after re-watching Lawrence of Arabia; and Eric Allen Hatch likes the bite of Trouble in Paradise.

Michelle Gienow’s Dish dubs Ambassador Dining Room the best Indian food in town, worth every extra penny.

In Cheap Eats, Michelle Gienow enthusiastically endorses Burritos En Fuego.

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