David J.

Peterson is one of many conlangers: people who invent languages.



Like most “Wire” fans who deeply and un-healthily lament the loss of a beloved masterpiece, the mere mention of anyone associated with the HBO ensemble drama sends simultaneous shivers of fear and joy and heartache through my bones.


When I was growing up in the 1970s, the lowliest form of cultural consumption was to stay home and watch television.

All other art forms, any other art forms, were fine. To have made the effort to leave the house, travel to a temple of culture and see a performance or exhibition was proof of a refined engagement with the arts. To slouch on a sofa and be in thrall to a grotesque diet of cop shows, quizzes and soap operas was to opt out of culture


HBO has released the second trailer for Season 2 of Boardwalk Empire. This one, a stylized, near-silent mini-movie, comes in the form of a paranoid Nicky Thompson dream sequence.


Love bites on HBO’s True Blood on Sunday as we watched some characters unite and others separate in an episode that culminates in the second big battle between the witches and the vampires.


An actress who played a Baltimore drug gang assassin in HBO’s “The Wire” is expected to plead guilty Monday in a drug conspiracy case.

Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, 31, is scheduled to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, a day before her trial was set to begin, attorney Benjamin C. Sutley said.


Plus: The Crypt Keeper maybe returning from the dead, Community and Parks and Recreation book great guests, and CBS releases another photo of Ashton Kutcher as one of its Two and a Half Men.