"Not many on earth who can slide between
Lou Reed and Erma Bombeck and be
this consistently funny."
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Above Us Only Sky, Marion Winik

"Full of surprises, revelations, wild, wise connctions." -Naomi Shihab Nye

5/12/21: This month on Fishbowl: the cruelty of fate. A story about my friend Martha Thomas.

5/12/21: Last week on the Weekly Reader, I gave my view on the Blake Bailey situation, and briefly reviewed the new Malcolm X biography. If you need a good book, we've recommended more than 400 of them

4/14/21: On Baltimore Fishbowl, Nana Has News, in the form of a poem.

4/14/21: I was thrilled to see The Big Book of the Dead included by Whitney Otto in this list of favorite memoirs at LitHub, along with Gertrude Stein and Langston Hughes for God's sake.

1/14/21: A couple of the poems I wrote last year are in the University of Baltimore student lit mag, Welter.

12/17/20: On LitHub, Six Book Critics Walk Into a Zoom to Talk About Autofiction, A Totally Fictional Story by Marion Winik Featuring a Martin Amis Cameo.

10/7/20: My darling dog Beau died on September 18th. Here is an essay, a poem, some paintings and photos, an amazing funeral diorama made by Kendra Kopelke, and a few buckets of tears.

10/7/20: Got a minute? Go to MeNdAdam.com, click the Music tab, and hear Vince's new songs. He and Adam have a record deal and are making hits.

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Browse the Bohemian Rhapsody archive — running since 2011 on Baltimore Fishbowl.

Marion's "Lives" columns for The New York Times Magazine: "Grand Theft Litho" and "A Mother of A Certain Age".

An archive of Marion's commentaries for All Things Considered.

Lots more essays and articles in the links archive and work archive.


The Baltimore Book of the Dead, Marion Winik

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