April 10, 2016
By Simon Callow Viking. 496 pp. $40 Reviewed by Michael Magras He was an actor and director of such intensity that some of the leading ladies he kissed during performances - Eartha Kitt in the play Time Runs , Margaret Lockwood in the film Trent's Last Case - ended up with bruised lips. He was known to eat at one sitting "a meal consisting of five copious courses, two bottles of red wine and many glasses of fifty-year-old cognac. " And he thought so much of himself that when an agent who could resuscitate his flagging career said upon meeting him, "May I call you Orson?"
February 7, 2016 |
The Letters of Ernest Hemingway Volume 3, 1926-1929 Edited by Rena Sanderson, Sandra Spanier, and Robert W. Trogdon Cambridge University Press. 731 pp. $45. Perhaps no 20th-century writer has had a greater influence than Ernest Hemingway. His novels, short stories, and journalism are penetrating and iconic; his personal life, thinly veiled in his fiction, was the stuff of drama and romance. Hemingway was rich, famous, and beloved by millions of readers worldwide.
September 24, 2015 |
After a two-year pilot program that segregated DUI cases into a separate court, Montgomery County is reverting to the previous system because of a heavy caseload, court administrator Michael Kehs said. DUI cases in Montgomery County "are between a quarter and a third of our inventory each year," Kehs said. "It simply became too much for one judge to handle. " The county's DUI court was not a treatment court, unlike its drug court and the treatment-based DUI courts in Philadelphia and 12 other Pennsylvania counties.
July 29, 2015
YOUR JULY 13 editorial, "To Their Tax Credit . . . " about the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, ignores the fact that the program provides high-quality educational options for children and families in need. What's more, contrary to the editorial, organizations like the Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia provide the very highest levels of accountability when it comes to the funds it receives from donors. As Pennsylvania's largest provider of scholarship support for grades K-8, CSFP serves over 6,200 Philadelphia children in more than 175 schools who receive on average $1,900 per child, per year.
July 22, 2015 |
IF YESTERDAY'S botched online sale of SEPTA regional-rail passes for the papal visit is any indication of what's in store when it comes to transportation during Pope Francis' visit in September - heaven help us. SEPTA's papal-pass site, which went live at 9 a.m., crashed almost immediately due to high volume. By 10:40 a.m., SEPTA officials had shut down the site and put the sale on hold. Sales will not resume today, but SEPTA is expected to announce today when sales will reopen.
July 15, 2015 |
In the spring, Philadelphia's single-family housing market had its best quarter in a decade, with prices and sales volume surging throughout the city. The average house value "soared" by 7.3 percent in 2015's second quarter compared with the first three months of the year, said Kevin Gillen, chief economist of Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. Based on single-family home sales data between April 1 and June 30 from the city Recorder of Deeds, Gillen said, the quarterly price rise was the largest since second quarter 2005, at the height of the real estate boom.
April 30, 2015 |
Winter appears to have put Philadelphia's real estate recovery on ice, as first-quarter sale prices in the city fell 0.3 percent from the fourth-quarter 2014 level. The decline came after two consecutive positive quarters, Kevin Gillen, chief economist at Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, said Tuesday. But Gillen, who analyzed data from the city Recorder of Deeds Office, called the decline "statistically negligible.
April 13, 2015 |
Through an open door came the sound of labored, heavy breathing and groans as President Abraham Lincoln lay dying from a gunshot wound to the head. First lady Mary Todd Lincoln passed from the room into a hallway, moaning with inconsolable grief, "O, my God, and have I given my husband to die?" The long death vigil at the Petersen House in Washington unfolded before James Tanner, who'd been summoned to record the testimony of witnesses to the assassination at Ford's Theatre. Though not widely known, Tanner's shorthand and transcribed cursive from the night of April 14, 1865, and morning of April 15, 1865, survived and are kept in an acid-free box in a vault at the Union League of Philadelphia.
February 18, 2015 |
Princeton University on Monday announced its largest gift in history: a rare book and manuscript collection - including the first six printed editions of the Bible - valued at nearly $300 million. The 2,500-volume collection, which includes an original printing of the Declaration of Independence and Beethoven's autographed music sketchbook, has been housed at Princeton's Firestone Library since 1959. That's when alum and Philadelphia native William H. Scheide moved it there from Titusville in Western Pennsylvania, the town where he was reared.
April 4, 2014 |
ADVOCATES of Danish provocateur Lars von Trier have described his pornographic "Nymphomaniac" movies, a bit hopefully, as scandalous. In fact, there is no scandal. Volume I came and went with barely a peep - on the whole, people would rather see "Noah" - and though Volume I and Volume II (opening today) are hailed as worth talking about, no one is. Perhaps because folks feel they can't get a word in edgewise. Von Trier himself seems to be doing most of the talking, via the desultory narration of his protagonist Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg)