You may know Bob O’Brien as Baltimore Fishbowl’s resident truth-teller, ready to take Governor O’Malley to task for various hypocrisies, or to introduce us to exciting new local musicians. You may also know Bob as a poet-about-town, or as the organizer of the Worms reading series. He’s one of those rare people who manages to be both sharp and sweet at the same time; oh, and he’s hilarious. Forgive my gushing; my ultimate point here is to let you know that Bob has recently been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Treatment is expensive and Bob doesn’t have health insurance, so the Metro Gallery has offered to host a sure-to-be-thrilling evening of performance, bands, comedy, and all around entertainment to raise funds on his behalf this weekend. And you should most certainly attend.
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The Extra-Large Baltimore Lit Parade for December: John Barth, Stephen Dixon, Justin Sirois, Jen Michalski, and More Greats!
We’re pleased to present writer Joseph Martin’s The Ivy Bookshop-sponsored column for the Baltimore Fishbowl, “The Lit Parade,” a celebration and thoughtful examination of the epic local lit scene that too often goes unreported, unread.
Once again, we’re at the (briefly) snow-covered tail end of a year’s worth of reading, and this particular annum has been a doozy – from brainy juvenilia revisions to collections of darkly funny riffs, serial novels about truly killer apps, small-run poetry chapbooks, and at least one sorely needed history of Charm City’s booze trade, 2012 has given fans of local lit a veritable Santa’s sack of new, distinctive writing. That in mind, this month’s Lit Parade is devoted to excavating some stuff you may have missed and giving some Baltimore Fishbowl favorites another round of praise. Let the lists commence: