April 4, 2016
By Ken Liu Saga. 464 pp. $24.99 Reviewed by Jim Higgins To borrow one of his titles, Ken Liu stirs "All the Flavors" into The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories : sci-fi extrapolation, ages-old fantasy, sweet romance, bitter tyranny, and trickster surprises. To call his book one of the best collections of speculative fiction I've ever read is simply to begin my praise. Liu's book compiles brilliant stories written in several different, overlapping modes, a technically dazzling collection of compulsively readable narratives, presenting characters with agonizing moral dilemmas and never forgetting the heart.
March 14, 2016 |
After Alice found the little cake "on which the words eat me were beautifully marked in currants," and after she did, indeed, eat it, Alice could feel herself growing. "Curiouser and curiouser," she cried. "Now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Goodbye, feet!" Today, 150 years after Lewis Carroll wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, numerous events are being held to celebrate it. One of the more unusual may be a lecture Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia - "Medical Oddities of Alice: Potions, Poisons and Pathology.
July 9, 2015 |
After graduating from George Washington High School in the Northeast in 2010, Larry Liam Ching Liu breezed through Community College of Philadelphia and earned an associate's degree with honors. With a scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Liu transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where he made the dean's list and earned a degree in sociology and economic policy in May. Now, the 23-year-old, who juggled jobs as a research assistant at Penn and sold shoes in the Northeast, has been named the Cooke Foundation's first Oxford Scholar.
December 2, 2014 |
This is the player that Temple coach Fran Dunphy has been waiting to see. Now the only question is when Owls fans will see more of Texas transfer Jaylen Bond. Bond, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, played his best game so far Sunday in Temple's 70-56 victory over LIU Brooklyn at the Liacouras Center, finishing with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as Temple rallied from a sluggish start to keep the Blackbirds winless. Bond, widely regarded as the team's starting power forward as soon as he decided to transfer here, sprained his right ankle one week before the season opener.
November 27, 2014 |
St. Joseph's freshman forward James Demery won't soon forget the first three-pointer of his college career. The shot sent the game into overtime and St. Joseph's prevailed, 74-70, over LIU Brooklyn on Tuesday in an NIT Season Tip-Off game at Hagan Arena. Demery's three-pointer a few feet from the left corner with 3.7 seconds remaining tied the score at 67. LIU Brooklyn missed a desperation three-pointer, sending the game to OT. The Hawks' DeAndre' Bembry, who had 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, drew a double team and fed an open Demery.
November 26, 2014 |
JAMES DEMERY sure picked a good time to hit his first collegiate three-pointer. Trailing by three with the clock winding down, Demery hit a shot from just in front of the Saint Joseph's bench to tie the score with less than 4 seconds left in regulation. The freshman from Williamston, N.C., says he hit three game-winners in high school. "I don't know about that," laughed teammate DeAndre Bembry, from Charlotte. "He didn't hit any against me. " The one last night didn't win it, but it did force overtime and helped Saint Joseph's eventually slip past gritty LIU Brooklyn, 74-70.
December 24, 2013 |
VILLANOVA has played 11 games. Villanova has won 11 games. The last time that happened was the 1961-62 season. The team, coached by Jack Kraft, finished 21-7, but also finished one win shy of the Final Four. Life is about to get more complicated for Jay Wright's team, but so far the Wildcats have been sensational. After beating a pretty solid Rider team 88-67, at the Pavilion on Saturday, the Wildcats have six wins by 20 or more points, including their last four. It does not really seem to matter what players are on the floor for the 'Cats.
December 23, 2013 |
NEW YORK - In need of a feel-good experience, the Temple Owls had themselves a nice little shootaround Saturday night, nailing open three-pointers from all over the Barclays Center, from practically every spot around that line. "We rode the wave," said Owls point guard Will Cummings, who finished with a career-high 23 points as Temple walked away with a 101-65 victory over LIU Brooklyn. Getting over 100 points for the first time since 2007, the Owls did it by hitting 15 of 27 three-pointers and shooting 61 percent overall.
November 21, 2013 |
WHEN ROY RUBIN died on Aug. 5 at the age of 87, it was unfortunate that he was remembered mostly as the guy who coached the 1972-73 76ers to a 4-47 record before being fired at the All-Star break. That team would go on to lose an NBA-record 73 games. His reputation as a highly successful high school and college basketball coach in New York was an afterthought. After all, who in Philly would know Roy Rubin if it wasn't for 4-47? The 4-47 was a career death sentence. He retreated to Florida and never coached another game.
March 19, 2013
1 INDIANA Record: 27-6, 14-4 Big Ten, 1st. RPI: 8. Coach: Tom Crean (14th season; 272-177 overall; 82-81 in five seasons at Indiana; 7-6 NCAA). Best win: 72-71 vs. Michigan, March 10. Worst loss: 64-59 vs. Wisconsin, Jan. 15. Three-pointers: 41.1 percent. Free throws: 74.5 percent. Top three: Cody Zeller (16.9 ppg., 8.2 rpg.), Victor Oladipo (13.6 ppg., 6.4 rpg., 2.2 spg.), Christian Watford (12.5 ppg., 6.2 rpg.). The skinny: The Hoosiers rank in the top six in NCAA statistics in points, field-goal percentage, and three-point accuracy.