December 31, 2013
AND NOW . . . (I know you've been waiting for it) . . . my annual confession. Bless me, readers, for I have sinned. I have not on every occasion offered flawless analysis. I have on some occasions gotten facts wrong. So here's a list of lapses from my columns and from my Baer Growls blog during 2013. For penance, I openly share such transgressions and pledge to reduce their number in the coming year. Here we go. Due to my lower-than-low confidence in the Pennsylvania Legislature's ability to do anything and my slightly lower confidence in the political acumen of the incumbent governor, I strongly suggested on multiple occasions that the ham-handed hacks of Harrisburg are incapable of addressing significant issues.
October 4, 2013 |
Libby Rosof and Roberta Fallon are ready. They've got their artblog.org postcards laid out on Fallon's dining room table. They've got some artblog.org stats printed up. They've got a lime-green artblog.org tote bag tucked into itself like a tiny sculptural ball! "It's scary!" Fallon jokes, eyeing a reporter's tape recorder. "It's like us going in and interviewing people. We scare the bejeezus out of them!" Rosof chimes in: "We tag-team 'em!" Not to worry, she adds quickly.
September 30, 2013 |
Philadelphia has a new humanity. Not among people. On a blog: "Humans of Philadelphia. " On one level, it's a copycat cousin of the wildly popular "Humans of New York," a series of street portraits in which city dwellers candidly answer probing, personal questions: What was the saddest moment of your life? What one piece of advice would you give to a large group of people? What's your greatest struggle right now? But "Humans of Philadelphia," by amateur photographer Chuck Putnam, offers a different angle.
September 17, 2013 |
FOR YEARS, neighbors of the New 3rd World Lounge in West Philly have been pissed off over what they call the "pee pipe," a PVC pipe that protrudes from the bar's second story and drips what they thought was urine to the sidewalk. But during a recent tour of the bar, owner Noel Karasanyi proved that the pipe is a drain for three air-conditioning units in a cluttered room on the second floor. "How in your right mind do you concoct something like that?," Karasanyi said. "We are not animals here.
July 28, 2013
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