November 29, 1996 |
Most people understand what perspective is but not what it feels like. Sculptor Gil Kerlin's Perspectivarium, an elaborate construction at the Fleisher Art Memorial, creates a physical perception of perspective by luring viewers into a three-dimensional environment. Kerlin's construction is a vaulted corridor with a door at each end. The floor, of black-and-white squares, creates an illusion of regularity that turns out to be a subtle deception. One discovers, for instance, that the floor of the corridor slopes gradually upward and that one door is lower and narrower than the other - conditions not apparent until one enters.
January 18, 1987
Four people, including two priests, were charged with damaging government defense equipment. Each could be sentenced to 31 years in jail. Generally, in such cases, our society does not discriminate between matters of ethics, morality and the law. Since most people prefer not to be involved, the prevailing attitude is to let the courts settle the case. How many of these people couldn't understand why "good" Germans did nothing to sabotage the Nazi regime? How many would probably approve such action if it had been taken by a Soviet or Chinese citizen?
April 10, 2009
I FIND IT sadly ironic that Elmer Smith's column and an article about a "cancer" in the Police Department are within two pages of articles covering the murder of Officer Daniel Faulkner, the murders of three officers in Pittsburgh and the thankfully avoided murders of two officers in Philadelphia, all of whom risked their lives in the line of duty in the most thankless job around. I'm not naive enough to think all cops are good - there are bad members of every profession and, when found out, they deserve to be separated from the people they're paid to serve.
January 22, 2013
FINANCIAL advisers should be held to a "fiduciary standard," having to put their clients' interests first. And most investors wrongly think that "financial advisers," a term loosely applied to a range of financial operatives, are indeed held to it. Americans are not getting what they want when it comes to financial advice. Here are some things to know: * Most individuals would probably benefit from financial advice. Saving and investing are complicated, and most of us need help making decisions on asset allocation, diversification and retirement vehicles, to name just a few challenges.
May 21, 2000 |
When artist John W. McCoy died at age 79 in 1989, he left behind a house - and attic - full of paintings. Many artists are prolific, but McCoy was rare in being so autobiographical in his work. According to his family, each painting now on view at the Somerville Manning Gallery highlights the life of a quiet, secretive man. McCoy, who studied with illustrator N.C. Wyeth (and married his daughter, Ann Wyeth McCoy), tended to paint hidden, sheltered areas, his family says. The artist's daughter, Anna Brelsford McCoy, describes such work as reflecting her father's need for privacy.
September 7, 2006
Re "Only grown-ups dissect Muppets," Aug. 24: This is only the second time I've sent an e-mail reply to an Inquirer newspaper columnist. The first one was to Tanya Barrientos. I'm so happy to read that Monica Yant Kinney has the logic to consider Abby Cadabby from the perspective of the age group to whom she was meant to appeal. There's still hope for this world! Carol Moyer Cinnaminson firstname.lastname@example.org Slow down to Shore My family and I loved our vacation at the Jersey Shore.
August 1, 1997 |
There are few college football coaches who figure to have more to worry about than Temple's Ron Dickerson. The Owls have won five games in his four seasons on North Broad Street. They are 1-27 in Big East play under Dickerson and have been picked to finish last this year. Sources have indicated that they need to win five times to save Dickerson's job. Apathy reigns, from outside and within. But if Dickerson is overly concerned about his predicament, he's sure masking it well.
November 12, 2004 |
From slavery to apartheid, the atrocities and exploitation that European powers visited on Africa have made the continent a fertile ground for exploring the collisions of worlds and cultures. But even the most sympathetic voices that take the side of the natives have overwhelmingly done so from a white perspective. The power and originality of Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman stems from its different perspective. When worlds collide in this tragedy, we view them from deep within a very different outlook and moral landscape.
April 11, 2014
JOHN MORRISON'S lengthy obituary on Chuck Stone in Monday's Daily News said a lot, but there was one thing it did not say. It did not say Chuck Stone was the first black columnist at the Daily News . It didn't have to because he was so much more. Many readers' tributes to Chucker (that's what I usually called him) mentioned his hilarious and infuriating "And the Angels Sing" columns, "written" by letter writers and answered by Chucker. In those, the voices of bigotry, racial hatred and assorted animosities flowered, with Chucker in the role of Chance the Gardener - except Chucker would do more than watch.
October 22, 2010
RE JENICE ARMSTRONG'S column on Christine O'Donnell "I am not a witch" ad: I'm a 34-year-old married mother of four and a Wiccan since 1992. We live in a suburb of Salt Lake City. There aren't many pagans here but probably more than you'd expect. I guess O'Donnell is trying to appeal to the mainstream folks with her "not a witch" ad, but I think people should choose whether to vote for her based on her issues and not on whether she put out one badly worded ad. But I agree that she's probably lost the votes of both Wiccans and satanists.