September 5, 2013 |
EACH NIGHT on the corner of Hammer & Nails Sts. the words of the screech owl bleed over the pavements and echo down airshafts through the Milky Way. This was the opening of a poem by Philadelphia poet, artist and teacher Paul Grillo about the death of his friend, Beat Generation poet Gregory Corso, in January 2001. The poem, "Midnight on the Gethsemane Local," provides a look at Paul's creative vision, an often far-out blend of surrealism and reality, colored by the influences of rock 'n' roll, jazz, foreign films and the music of the street.
August 20, 2013 |
When schools open this month, students in Bristol Township will be hopping onto a fleet of new buses fueled by propane. Beyond being more environmentally friendly, the buses are expected to generate a significant saving: The two-year contract the Bucks County district negotiated for propane sets the price at $1.50 per gallon, according to district Superintendent Samuel Lee, and the district has submitted a grant proposal to further lower...
August 6, 2013 |
Creative , energetic , confident , and fashionable are words frequently used to describe Serenity. The 12-year-old delights in always looking her best. Very neat, she takes great pride in keeping her belongings in good condition. Serenity's favorite pastimes include singing in her church choir, cheerleading, and playing the flute. She also enjoys writing stories and creating funny videos. Very sweet and personable, Serenity has the ability to make a positive impact on the people closest to her. Enrolled in fifth grade, Serenity receives special-education services and has made significant progress academically and behaviorally as a result of the small class size and individual attention.
July 26, 2013 |
The image of the writer funneling the muse's whisperings onto paper has tickled the imagination for decades. Books about the creation of books and biopics about great poets are a cultural mainstay. So it's no surprise a TV show would be devised about the creative goings-on at some of today's most lauded series. Hosted by Jim Rash - the Academy Award-winning cowriter of The Descendants - Sundance Channel's The Writers' Room , which premieres Monday, takes us to the heart of the creative process behind six current shows, including HBO's Game of Thrones , Showtime's Dexter , and FX's American Horror Story . The season premiere features a roundtable discussion with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, series star Bryan Cranston, and more than a half a dozen of the show's writers.
July 22, 2013 |
Mads Mikkelsen won the best-actor prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival for his star turn in The Hunt . Directed by the Danish director Thomas Vinterberg , it is a dark tale of a reckless accusation that upends a man's life. Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a mild-mannered kindergarten teacher, accused of sexually abusing a young child. The lie spreads, people turn hateful, hysterical. Everything unravels. The actor, wearing eyeglasses and an air of quiet purpose, gives the role incredible dignity.
July 8, 2013 |
Six months ago, Kerri Nahas made a bold move to brighten the "blah and boring" beige couch and matching drapes in the second-floor Phoenixville condo she shares with her husband, Chris. She striped the drapes with turquoise paint and scattered a half-dozen multihued pillows on the couch. The new pillows and embellished drapes complement two contemporary floral-pattern chairs and complete the decor in the living area. Kerri had already stained the coffee table mahogany; arranged photos, prints and paintings on pale pumpkin walls; and crafted seats for the black kitchen bar stools from a tweedy welcome mat. By the front door, Kerri converted an 8-by-8 alcove into a stylish dining lounge with strawberry walls.
July 6, 2013 |
'Buy a paper from Jerry," they used to say, "he may give you a drawing!" That was back in the early 1950s, when now-renowned illustrator Jerry Pinkney worked as a kid at a newsstand at the corner of Germantown and Chelten Avenues. "You couldn't find me without pencils and sketch pad . . . In between selling newspapers I would sketch people waiting for the bus or the trolley," Pinkney, now 73, said recently. "It was a very busy intersection. The department store, Rowell's, was right across from the newsstand and I would draw the window displays.
May 20, 2013 |
Inside the former Collingswood Theatre, Tom Marchetty and Josh Longsdorf talk about assembling the cast of their new production. "We've got a photographer, a printmaker, a guy who makes portable power systems, and a woman who's got her own clothing line," Marchetty says. "We're looking for innovators," Longsdorf adds. "People who are passionate about what they do. " The 1,200-seat Haddon Avenue movie house, which was renovated decades ago for other commercial uses, reopened in January as the Factory Workers ("the Factory" for short)
April 21, 2013
Meditation of a Modern Believer By Christian Wiman Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $24. Reviewed by John Timpane Christian Wiman is a believer from a class of people who, in the minds of some, aren't supposed to believe. He's a poet - editor of Poetry magazine, a job he'll be leaving in June - a leading intellect, an artist. He's also facing cancer. He believes in God and, in My Bright Abyss , seeks to portray what that's like as of 2013 if you want to be an intelligent, aware, non-self-deluding, tough-minded, free-speaking person here and now. My Bright Abyss is a dark, mountainous work, part poet's notebook, part meditation, part illness journal.
February 24, 2013
Beth Kephart is the author of 14 books, and "Handling the Truth," a book about the making of memoir, is due out in August I take the Blue Route south and I-95 north. The day is gray and bitter, the lanes too aggressively pocked. Beyond me the Delaware River crawls, heavy with the exhaust of bedlam truckers and implacable with its reminisce of pirates, oil tanks, and whale bones. At the Allegheny/Castor Avenues exit I veer right, then left toward the heart of Port Richmond. This was collier country once - home to coal traders, but also shipbuilders, cargo holders, and dockhands.