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John Waters-inspired Russian Nesting Dolls

These John Waters Inspired Russian Nesting Dolls Are Everything Each set is based on one of the director’s most popular films by Cody Gohl (, 9/12/2016) Etsy seller BoBo Babushka is well-known for creating fabulous Russian nesting dolls inspired by … Continue reading

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“Alternatively Yours”: City Paper founder Russ Smith profiled in Johns Hopkins Magazine

While reading Rafael Alvarez’s Crabtown, USA, I came across the chapter on his early days at City Squeeze, the self-published tabloid founded in 1977 by Johns Hopkins grads Russ Smith and Alan Hirsch, which became the City Paper in 1978. As Alvarez observed, the … Continue reading

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The Fans Behind Baltimore’s Divine Monument: Alex Fox & Michal Makarovich

Meet the John Waters Fans Planning Baltimore’s Outrageous Divine Monument By Moze Halperin, Flavorwire (February 9, 2016) Beyond “Crab Cake Capital of the World,” one of Baltimore’s best-known nicknames is “The Monument City.” And one of the city’s most notable features … Continue reading

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City Paper “Sex Issue” recalls Carousel Coupling ‘toon

The “Sex Issue” cover of today’s City Paper (shown above), drawn by Charlie Herrick, recalls the infamous 1987 City Fair cartoon (shown below) that promoters published in The Sun and Evening Sun, while reminding us of how times have changed. The infamous … Continue reading

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