May 28, 2016 |
I met Matt while reporting Wednesday's column on the rising number of young people lost in heroin addiction and living on the streets of Philadelphia. He sat on a crate on Market Street with a sign saying he was a veteran, and any help would be a blessing. I sat down beside him to talk. I had met a dozen or so homeless , addicted young people as I reported the column. When I'm reporting, I find the best people to talk to are the watchers. The ones who seem to set themselves apart - who contemplate life while they experience it. People who may be lost in the tide, but taking it all in even as they drown.
April 9, 2016 |
Q: My basement flooded this weekend, and I don't know whether I should throw away or keep the boxes I was using to store books, clothing, etc. My wife thinks we should throw it all away - she has wanted to get rid of it for years - but some of this stuff is from my childhood. And what should we do about the carpet? - W.B. A: Oh, no. Sorry to hear about this mess. As you know, basements are great for storage. At the same time, we hold on to boxes simply because we have the space.
February 25, 2015 |
Forget the oversize video screens, the thundering music, the light show, and the scores of sexy dancers. What matters to illusionist Andrew Basso, one of the seven headliners in the stage extravaganza The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible , is the intimate connection he develops with the people, usually wide-eyed and open-mouthed, who see him do his thing. "I love the live audience," Basso said during a recent visit to South Street Magic Shop in Center City. "Magic transmits something to the audience.
October 31, 2012 |
Biographical drama is a tricky enterprise. When a biography centers on a pivotal moment in a life, ( End of the Rainbow , The Mountaintop , Amadeus ) it's perhaps most effective. But when the approach to that life is a chapter-by-chapter memory play, as with Carson Kreitzer's frustratingly didactic Behind the Eye , receiving an equally frustrating production by Gas & Electric Arts, the result - despite nudity and R-rated language - can feel an awful lot like a lecture.
September 14, 2012 |
Izhar Gafni, an Israeli inventor, was in a bike shop discussing his passion one day when the discussion turned to a man who had invented a cardboard canoe. Gafni left the shop, but couldn't get the idea of a cardboard canoe out of his head. "Bicycle is sort of my hobby," Gafni said in a video that's become a hit on the Internet. "It's what I do in my free time. It's in my soul. " "Suddenly, it just struck my mind," Gafni continued. "Why not make a bicycle out of cardboard?"
January 26, 2012 |
THEY GATHERED yesterday on Mutter Street in North Philadelphia to remember their friend Reina, whose life was ended Monday by an executioner's bullets. There was sadness and anger, but one emotion underlay it all: Fear. "No photos of faces! Look what happened last time!" one neighbor scolded as news photographers crowded the scene. "They're going to keep killing people! There's no one to protect us. " Friends believe that store clerk Rosemary Fernandez Rivera, 33, better known as Reina Aguirre Alonso, was murdered because her killer thought she was a witness to an earlier homicide in the neighborhood.
January 25, 2012 |
They gathered Wednesday on Mutter Street in North Philadelphia to remember their friend Reina, whose life was ended Monday by an executioner's bullets. There was sadness and anger, but one emotion underlay it all: Fear. "No photos of faces! Look what happened last time!" one neighbor scolded as news photographers crowded the scene. "They're going to keep killing people! There's no one to protect us. " Friends believe store clerk Rosemary Fernandez Rivera, 33, better known as Reina Aguirre Alonso, was murdered because her killer thought she was a witness to an earlier homicide in the neighborhood.
December 13, 2011 |
It rises 16 feet in the air, stretching toward the skylighted ceiling of the studio in Old Tarble Hall on the Swarthmore College campus. It is black and creepy. Skeletal fingers reach out toward anyone passing by. Beheaded bodies rise from the top and disembodied arms float near the center. A foot-long scalpel thrusts out, arming a confident Dr. Samuel Gross, the same Samuel Gross memorialized in Thomas Eakins' great 1875 painting, The Gross Clinic . But in this Swarthmore rendering, Dr. Gross has heft and weight.
October 12, 2011 |
The seventh day of Occupy Philadelphia got off to a quiet start, with rain falling lightly on the more than 100 still zipped-up tents. But keeping protesters inside, as rush-hour traffic was splashing by, wasn't the weather so much as the need for sleep. The mini-city was alive late into the night with socializing and social-policy discussions, said Adam Hill, 28, a self-styled "failing independent contractor" from Norristown. "A lot of new people showed up," said Hill, who arrived himself last evening and didn't crash until about 4 a.m. That's about when the tent next to him went up, at the southwest corner of City Hall's Dilworth Plaza.
September 30, 2011 |
Inclusion in a big, beautiful book called Furniture With Soul: Master Woodworkers and Their Craft (Kodansha International) can make the typical woodworker a bit sheepish, a bit more inclined to opine about curly oak than metaphysics. But to drop in on the two Philadelphia-area furniture makers among the 20 in the book - Jack Larimore out in rural somewhere-near-Bridgeton, N.J., and Michael Hurwitz, still in a street-level studio on Third near Market, but headed to Fishtown - is to be drawn in by their intensity, their devotion to creating, their contemplative approach to their craft.