March 8, 2016 |
When Donald Trump retweeted a quotation attributed to him but actually uttered by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini - "It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep" - it was a victory for Gawker, which had set up the automated Twitter account to poke fun at the Republican front-runner. It was also perfect fodder for a new digital politics program at Rutgers-Camden, which melds political science with digital studies. "The digital is not incidental to the conversation; it is core to the conversation," said Jim Brown, the English professor who heads the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers-Camden.
March 6, 2016 |
Self-destruction and musical immortality go hand in hand. That sad story is as old as Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, or Kurt Cobain, and as new as Amy , Asif Kapadia's film about Brit soul-pop singer Amy Winehouse that won best documentary last week at the Oscars. The "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young" route to eternal fame, espoused in a 1955 country hit by Faron Young (who lived to be 64) worked pretty well for the famously 27-year-old icons named above. Not to mention Hank Williams (who made it to 29)
March 4, 2016 |
Philadelphia DJs are a wise bunch. They're not just here to amuse you, but to educate and illuminate. Along with Old City's newly opened Scratch Academy Philadelphia , run by local spinner Cosmo Baker and teaching tricks of the DJ trade along with cultural and musical life lessons, comes "Dust + Dignity" at the Painted Bride Art Center . The new show uses 100 album covers and their music to promote dialogue about social justice - and to shake...
February 28, 2016 |
The first song on Santigold's album 99¢ (Atlantic ***1/2), out last week, sounds like it could have been written for Kanye West or Donald Trump. "Oooh, all I want to do is what I do well," the avant-pop songwriter born Santi White, who was raised in the Mount Airy section of Northwest Philadelphia, sings on the perky, ego-tastic "I Can't Get Enough of Myself. " "Ain't a gambler, honey, but I'd put money on myself. " But White isn't idly boasting. With her third album - following her 2008 self-titled debut and 2012's Master of My Make-Believe - she offers a sly critique of marketing-mad, selfie-centered consumer culture.
February 26, 2016 |
Everything is relative with this season's La Salle team, which has dealt with six- and 10-game losing streaks and had won just twice since Thanksgiving weekend. Trying to win two of three (even if the middle game was a 40-point loss) may not seem like much, but when you are closing on 20 losses, any good news is a positive. When the game turned toward Fordham in the second half Wednesday night at Tom Gola Arena and the Rams built a 10-point lead, a comeback, given all that had gone down, did not seem very likely.
February 26, 2016 |
LA SALLE was searching for its best stretch since it started 3-0, which seems like a long time ago and probably feels like forever to the players and coaches. The Explorers finally have all their players back, but those three top-100 high school recruits, all transfers, won't be suiting up until November. Fordham was trying to improve on its best win total since 2006-07 under first-year coach Jeff Neubauer (La Salle Class of '93), but had been playing for five straight games without its second-leading scorer and had lost four of the five.
February 25, 2016 |
As his team has suffered one frustrating loss after another, La Salle junior Jordan Price has had to readjust his thinking. Where winning once may have been taken for granted, this season Price has found how difficult it can be to accumulate a simple W. So when La Salle upset St. Bonaventure, 71-64, on Feb. 17 to snap a 10-game losing streak, Price rediscovered the joy of winning. "It was a rare feeling for us this year, and you just try to enjoy it as much as you can," Price said.
February 19, 2016 |
ON PAPER, La Salle was due for another blowout loss Wednesday night. Losers of 10 straight games - all by double digits - and 17 of 18 overall, the Explorers faced a St. Bonaventure squad that had won five straight, was 17-6 overall and on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Good thing for the Explorers that the game was played on wood inside Tom Gola Arena. Somehow, the Explorers overcame their 17 turnovers (to just 11 for the Bonnies), a 4-minute, 59-second stretch midway through the second half in which they didn't score a basket, and still came away with an impressive, 71-64 Atlantic 10 win. "Obviously we beat a very good team who's been playing very well and we gave a great effort," La Salle coach John Giannini said.
February 14, 2016 |
La Salle at St. Joseph's Saturday, 8 p.m., Hagan Arena. TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet/560 AM WFIL. Records: La Salle, 5-17 overall, 1-10 Atlantic 10; St. Joseph's, 20-4, 9-2. On La Salle: Explorers 6-foot-7 sophomore Yevgen Sakhniuk scored a career-high 20 points in Wednesday's 79-66 loss at Davidson. It was his first action since Dec. 22 due to illness. On St. Joseph's: The Hawks have won nine of their last 10 games. Seven of the wins, including Wednesday's 84-66 win at George Washington, have been by 10 or more points.