June 24, 2013 |
We've got it all wrong about Chip Kelly, something the new Eagles coach seems likely to point out eventually. He's very bright, but we know that. He's not unsure of himself, but we know that, too. He doesn't suffer fools or foolish questions well, but it's hard to blame him there. Where we are wrong about Kelly, at least according to his first biographer, is that he isn't a mad scientist working furiously on a secret blackboard in the back room, designing big brain schemes that leave opponents trying to block the wind and tackle smoke.
May 23, 1999 |
The Ayn Rand who whirls onto center stage in a forthcoming Showtime film biography is a figure some may have trouble recognizing. This Rand is an occasionally unclad woman of a certain age, an intense Lady Svengali with a thick Russian accent and archly perched cigarette who sprinkles apercus ("Lesser people could never accept this") as she storms about the house in torrid love scenes with her 25-year-younger lover and intellectual heir, Nathaniel Branden. The Passion of Ayn Rand, based on a 1986 biography of the philosopher by former disciple Barbara Branden - who was married to Nathaniel - will be shown at 8 p.m. next Sunday.
July 8, 2013
Karl Marx A 19th-Century Life By Jonathon Sperber Liveright. 672 pp. $35 Reviewed by Robert J. Dobie Why another biography of Karl Marx? As the subtitle of this new biography indicates, Jonathan Sperber, a professor of Central European history at the University of Missouri, proposes to place Marx's life and thought squarely within their 19th-century context. For too long, Sperber argues, the various images or "icons" of Marx as prophet, visionary, or anti-Christ have obscured what is truly interesting and unique about his life and thought.
April 15, 1986 |
When Robert Brennan was the top salesman for Mayflower Securities in 1969, his colleagues crowned him Caesar on a company trip to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The coronation was only a gag. But Brennan has since become a conqueror and a builder, reigning over expanding provinces of power and money. Every inch of his empire is unmistakably Brennan's. His portrait hangs in the lobby of every First Jersey Securities office, captioned with his quotations, such as "Free Enterprise is an Attitude" or "Come Grow With Us. " He records inspirational talks in his Manhattan office and sends videotaped copies around the country to be shown to his 1,200 salesmen.
June 10, 2013
Wisdom from Jack Smalley, 7, the most philosophical second grader in America: Jack's prizewinning philosophy: Which is more powerful, love or hate? "It's very powerful to hate, but it feels better to love. You shouldn't hate someone because they're different. It doesn't matter what they look like, it only matters how they act. Fear causes hate and love is fearless. That is why I think love is more powerful than hate. " Favorite philosopher: Socrates. "I like what he said, 'The wise man admits he knows nothing.' You can't go around saying, 'I'm the smartest ever,' because you always have something else to learn.
October 19, 1999 |
Bibhuti S. Yadav, 56, of Narberth, a professor of classical Hindu and Indian Buddhist philosophy at Temple University, died Oct. 10 at Lankenau Hospital from a head injury he apparently sustained in a fall in his apartment. The Montgomery County Coroner's Office said Dr. Yadav's landlord found him unconscious in his apartment two days before his death, which was ruled accidental. Dr. Yadav was born in Tulasipur, India, and studied philosophy at Benares Hindu University, from which he received his doctoral degree in 1970.
May 16, 2003 |
OK, maybe Aristotle didn't give a fig about the issue, but: What does Tastee Wheat really taste like? And what about those other puzzles in The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded. You know, "What's really real?" And "What's control, anyway?" They're almost as challenging as the $195 million question (as in prorated investment for the first two films): Are the two movies just big-budget Hollywood product, reeking wannabe philosophical pretension to suck in the dollars of pseudo-intellectual teen fry with the rest of the masses?
September 23, 2011
Athlete School Class Major Angela Acuna St. Joseph's Sr. International bus. Danielle Brady St. Joseph's Sr. Elementary/sp. ed. Caitlin Connors Philadelphia U. Sr. Textile design Liz Donald Penn Sr. Communication Kara Jackson Temple Jr. Kinesiology Alex Karls St.
November 8, 2013 |
WHEN IT COMES to defense, the 76ers and coach Brett Brown have chosen a way they are willing to get beat. They are determined to protect the paint with everyone first, then get out on jump shooters second. They have perfected it - perfected it in that they are certainly getting beat that way. Badly. Last night the Washington Wizards, not one of the more prolific shooting teams in the NBA (or any other league, for that matter), drained a franchise-record 18 three-pointers in 33 attempts and rode that to a 116-102 victory, the first of their four-game season.
October 24, 2007 |
Qrescent Mali Mason, a third-year grad student in philosophy at Temple University, snared a $138 discount fare and made it down to the "Athens of the South," complete with its own full-scale Parthenon. Lina Buffington, who earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at Emory University and now works for the nonprofit Philadelphia Futures, gave a talk on how she applies her work on philosophers Wilhelm Dilthey, Jean-Paul Sartre and John Dewey to help young blacks stay in college. Jameliah Shorter, a sophomore philosophy and religion major at Paine College in Augusta, Ga., asked her mother to drive her eight hours through rough mountain roads to attend.