September 17, 2016 |
Jamie Lee Curtis has had many acts in her career. She started as a scream queen and is currently on Scream Queens , returning to Fox at 9 p.m. Tuesday. In addition to starring in comedy classics such as the Philadelphia-shot Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda , Curtis is also a children's author. She'll be at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Sunday to read from her latest book, This is Me: A Story of Who We Are & Where We Came From . Curtis spoke via phone - while getting a manicure to play her Scream Queens character Dean Munch - about the secret sauce of her work and why Philadelphia means freedom to her. Did you always want to write?
September 15, 2016 |
Six-year-old Elaina Dick loves to read, draw, and play catch with her dad in the front yard. But her favorite activity is driving. Perched on her father's lap in his Permobil C500 wheelchair, Elaina deftly operates the controls as the two scoot around the curves and cul-de-sacs of their Chalfont neighborhood. As a toddler, Elaina learned to walk by grabbing her father's shoes as he slowly rolled backward. Later, the chair became the mutable hub of their pretend-play: a rocket ship, a school bus, a royal coach, a tractor.
September 12, 2016
The Lady Chablis, 59, the transgender performer who became an unlikely celebrity for her role in the 1994 best-seller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , died Thursday in Savannah, Ga. Ms. Chablis' sister, Cynthia Ponder, confirmed the death. A close friend, Cale Hall, said Ms. Chablis died of pneumonia and had been in the hospital for a month. A modern, nonfiction take on Southern Gothic storytelling, author John Berendt's Midnight thrust Savannah into the pop-culture spotlight.
September 11, 2016 |
'Don't trust the government," Oliver Stone was saying the other day, on the phone from Washington. "I've always said this, from the beginning of my career, my own experience in Vietnam, and Salvador - what I saw there with my own eyes. Never trust the government. They lie all the time. " Stone, acknowledging that his films tend to be controversial - an understatement if ever there was one from the provocateur behind Platoon, Salvador, JFK, Nixon, World Trade Center , and W - was in the nation's capital to screen Snowden . On Wednesday night, he presented his two-hour, 14-minute biopic about Edward Snowden, the NSA whistle-blower who leaked a data storm of classified documents exposing the security agency's mass monitoring of Americans' emails, phone calls, Facebook posts, and dating-site missives.
September 9, 2016
ISSUE | PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS New textbooks shouldn't be news A new school year has started in Philadelphia ("New thing in city schools: New books," Tuesday). How wonderful that the children will have new books, technology, counselors, and nurses. How dreadful that this is such a rare occurrence for the schools that it is the headline across the top of the front page. Of course there should be books and technology and counselors and nurses. This should be a matter of course.
September 8, 2016
It says a lot about the state of the Philadelphia School District that the big news on opening day is that its 130,000 students will actually have new textbooks. But given the perpetual financial crisis that the city's public schools have been mired in the last few years, just buying books is a positive development worth celebrating. After all, this is a school district that has gone several years without librarians, school nurses, guidance counselors, or assistant principals in many of its schools.
August 17, 2016 |
Ask any comic-reading child to name his or her favorite superhero, and the answer may range from Spider-Man to Wonder Woman. Someday, such a child might also name civil rights activist and now comic-book protagonist U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.). The 76-year-old congressman recently released March: Book Three , the final installment of a graphic novel trilogy about his life working for civil rights. The saga takes us through Lewis' life, from growing up in the 1940s on 110 acres of farmland in Pike County, Ala., to his speech at the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.
August 15, 2016
As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' new temple in Logan Circle opens for public viewing, consider Philadelphia's ties to early Mormon history. Though the church was founded in New York and associated with Illinois and Utah, Philadelphia played a significant role in its early history. Missionaries had reached Chester County and parts of central New Jersey by the 1830s. In 1839, the Philadelphia branch of the church was organized by Joseph Smith Jr. while returning from Washington, D.C. Smith and fellow early converts met on the corner of Seventh and Callowhill Streets.
August 14, 2016
By Donald Ray Pollock Doubleday. 365 pp. $27.95 Reviewed by Kevin Grauke It's 1917, but along the border of Georgia and Alabama, it might as well be 1817. There, the three Jewett brothers eke out a miserable life along with their father, Pearl, who looks forward to dining at the heavenly table, where there will be "no scrounging for scraps," a table only for "them that shun the temptations of this world. " Pearl has not always been so pious, however. According to the narrator, his sons' names - Cane, Cob, and Chimney - are what one should expect "when a man who's been off the sauce for a while consumes too much whiskey and then insists on having his way. " But The Heavenly Table isn't merely Southern Gothic.
August 8, 2016 |
Big City Comics Founder Jeffrey Kaufman is excited about changes in his company's publishing plan-and a unique new offering. "We used to allow other people to publish our books for the last seven years and since we decided to go monthly with single-issue books, it was just silly for us to go through other people," Kaufman said. "So, Big City Comics became its own publisher. We went to Diamond . . . and they were fully satisfied. " "Our model is very clear-publishing with a purpose," Kaufman continued.