Below the Beltway / Entertainment

Way Off Base

WASHINGTON -- The guy standing at home plate, pawing the dirt, ready to break for first base, was a professional baseball player, a handsome man so fleet of foot he leads his team in stolen bases. At first was a man with a glove. The guy with the ...

Snooting Our Own Horn

WASHINGTON -- Dear Movoto Real Estate website:

I was disappointed to learn that you have ranked Washington, D.C., as the second snobbiest city in America, behind only San Francisco. As a Washington resident, I find this extremely offensive. We•...

Going Native

WASHINGTON -- My finest hour as a journalist may have come one day about 25 years ago, when I was the editor of Tropic, the Miami Herald's Sunday magazine. This was when newspaper revenue had just begun to decline, which meant that the advertising...

The Ol' Bull Game

WASHINGTON -- As Americas foremost connoisseur of the misuse of the English language, I get sad around this time of the year. Thats because the baseball season is almost over.

Baseball plays itself to physical and emotional exhaustion, with games...

Bad Doggerel

WASHINGTON -- Every time I get nervous that too many people are reading my column, I do something to thin the herd; specifically, I rewrite lame old jokes into Shakespearean sonnets. The last time, not enough people were turned off. So this time ....

Writing for Dummies

WASHINGTON -- I am worried. I am worried because I just learned something. What I learned was bad.

I learned it from a letter I got. It was from a man. His name is Bill.

Bill is an authority on how people read and write. Authority is a great big...