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“Big Books”? Not so Much

For being in a “city that reads,” Baltimore’s alt-weekly sure doesn’t pay much attention to the book world. Are all “alternative” people care about music and visual/performing art? There’s only a book review every other week, and the so-called “Big Books Issue” (Sept. 28) is a mere two articles: the first a whiny depressive’s response to Albert Camus’ The Stranger, the other a series of brief interviews with well-known Baltimoreans. I like Freeman Hrabowski [III] as much as the next UMBC student—and did thoroughly enjoy his contribution—but how about, I don’t know, the paper actually having more than a mere two articles with a review of a book [Baltimore ’68] that came out at the beginning of the year (though I am proud of the choice, in light of previous reviews). Last year was the awesome DIY-focused theme—what happened this year? As someone whose life pretty much is centered around books and reading, I feel quite underappreciated by City Paper. What about the bookworms?

Staci Ross

Corrections: Our news story about Eric Sapp’s difficulties with sewage back-ups and flooding in his home (“Done Taking Crap,” Mobtown Beat, Oct. 5) incorrectly reported that the city Department of Public Works had told City Paper that releasing data on sewer repairs would cost the paper “thousands of dollars” in document-preparation fees. In fact, no specific figure was offered or suggested.

And in our review of the book Baltimore ’68 (Books, Sept. 29), an editing mistake led to interviewee Sharon Singer being misidentified as African-American, which she is not. City Paper regrets the errors.

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