July 20, 2015 |
The path to David Casarett's new book began when one of his patients at Penn Medicine's Wissahickon Hospice asked him if medical marijuana could help her. As usual with such questions, he scoffed, telling her the drug was still illegal and there was no evidence to support its use. His patient, a retired English professor, pushed him for more information. He discovered that there was indeed research, and she knew more about it than he did. "She was tough," he said. He promised he would look into it for her. That was about a year and a half ago. The result of his quest - Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana - was published last week.
July 13, 2015 |
Ant-Man is upon us. On Friday, another superhero heads to the multiplexes. A Silver Age brethren of Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Thor, Ant-Man is, um, a little different. Sure, he has the superhuman strength, the supercool costume, and the supersmart-alecky retorts of a Marvel Comics crimebuster. But this guy is less than an inch high, and if he joined his fellow Formicidae in an invasion of your kitchen pantry, you'd grab the Raid and gun him down with the rest of the pests. How can this tiny speck possibly do battle with evil masterminds bent on world domination?
July 13, 2015 |
Paul McCartney keeps a piano bedside to try out musical ideas that come to him in the middle of the night. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ( The West Wing , Sports Night ) overcomes writer's block by taking six or more showers a day. And John Kounios, a pioneer in the study of insight, rides the quiet Regional Rail car on his commute to and from his West Chester home so he can carve out a creative, idea-inducing space for himself. The Drexel University professor of psychology further isolates himself by donning noise-canceling Bose headphones (to block the rumble of the train)
July 12, 2015 |
American Airlines will transfer US Airways passenger bookings to the American reservations system the weekend of July 18, for travel beginning 90 days later, on Oct. 17. Airport check-in kiosks, gates, and ticket counters will get new American signage. The US Airways website will disappear at that time, American announced Friday, a key step in blending the two airlines under their 2013 merger agreement. Philadelphia International Airport is a hub for US Airways and American, which operate 460 daily flights and have 77 percent of the air travel market here.
June 15, 2015 |
If someone had told me three months ago that the hundreds of thousands of books I saw sitting unused and going to waste in the basement of Philadelphia School District headquarters would by now be almost fully catalogued, ready to be shipped to the kids who need them, I probably wouldn't have believed it. I might have even laughed. The task at hand seemed simple enough: There were a lot of unused books and a lot of kids who need books. Sort the books and give the kids any they could use. But in a drowning district, nothing's simple.
June 13, 2015 |
Were you raised by wolves? For most kids (and many adults), the answer might be, "I wish" - especially if they've read The Jungle Book , Rudyard Kipling's stories of the fantastic adventures of Mowgli, a child abandoned in the woods. Nurtured and taught by wild animals, including those wolves, Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther, Kaa the snake, and a gang of monkeys - all the while dodging the tiger Shere Khan - Mowgli learns valuable life lessons that can apply in any jungle.
June 10, 2015 |
I'M STARTING to fear for the future of Philadelphia's children, because education seems to have taken a back seat to imprisonment. At least that's what it looks like to me. Why else would City Council consider Bill No. 150406, which would empower the city to spend $7.27 million to buy land at 7777 State Road? The land, according to bill sponsor Councilman Bobby Henon, could eventually be home to a new, possibly $500 million prison, replacing the 140-year-old House of Correction. To be sure, there are legitimate reasons to replace the aging prison, which houses 1,500 minimum-to-medium-security inmates.
June 9, 2015 |
YOU'D NEVER guess it from her grammatically challenged tweets, but South Philly's own Amber Rose has reinvented herself as a wordsmith. Of sorts. A new glimpse at the former Delilah's employee's self-induction into the world of important literature has arrived via Instagram. Naturally. "Check out the Official cover for my book," captioned the ex of Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West . The Bard himself couldn't have come up with a more poetic title: How to Be a Bad Bitch . Rose's post showed the book's latest cover, a David LaChapelle seaside shot of the auteur bedecked in a single strand of gold floss and gloves made of metallic body paint.
June 7, 2015
The Royal We By Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan Grand Central. 464 pp. $26 Reviewed by Jen A. Miller Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Happy ending, right? Especially when boy happens to be the Prince of England? Not quite, at least not in The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, which uses the real-life relationship of Prince William and Kate Middleton as a springboard. The initial courtship and declaration of love come early.
June 4, 2015 |
SINCE TV super-showrunner Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Scandal," etc.) isn't busy enough, Simon & Schuster will publish her book, Year of Yes , in the fall. This is as opposed to Tattle's book, Year of No . According to thewrap.com, Rhimes in the book will chronicle the power of saying "yes. " "Saying 'yes' for an entire year turned out to be one of the most amazing decisions I have ever made," Rhimes said. "It was also a little insane, a lot terrifying and sometimes wildly embarrassing.