"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

11/24/21: A Thanksgiving column on Baltimore Fishbowl: November at the Beach, with Drag Queens. Includes several paintings, photos, a recipe, and the usual ramblings.

10/29/21: Check out The Weekly Reader podcast on Elizabeth Strout and Marlowe Granados and Jonathan Franzen and Atticus Lish.  Sally Rooney, Jo Piazza and Christine Pride on a pair of Women's Friendships; the amazing Matrix, by Lauren Groff, along with a novel by the former Duchess of York. The are so many great books this fall!

9/22/21: There are 128 rap songs and one big new miniseries that mention Monica Lewinsky, and now she's finally made it to the Baltimore Fishbowl. Read The Writing Teacher, The Drama Teacher, His Wife, and Their Babysitter

8/25/21: If you subscribe to the Washington Post, or if you can get behind the paywall, I wrote a piece about the final installment of Fifty Shades of Grey. Turns out it's a feminist classic.

6/27/21: Been thinking about our recent visit from Brood X. Here's The Cicadas and the Sun, on Baltimore Fishbowl.

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

"Every sentence is a marvel." –Ann Patchett

The Weekly Reader on WYPR-FM with Marion Winik and Lisa Morgan

Listen live Wednesdays at 2:33 pm, or play the podcast anytime at The Weekly Reader.

The Big Book of the Dead, Audio

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