April 17, 2016
The Other Slavery The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America By Andrés Reséndez Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 431 pp. $30 Reviewed by Peter Lewis Farmer X lived close by our house. Late Sunday night, he'd drive to town, bail 10 blotto men out of the drunk tank, and truck them to the farm. Next morning, oh, boy, were those men surprised. It took them about 10 days to pay off Farmer X: long hours, squalid housing, painful encounters with yellow jackets.
April 16, 2016
Directed by Lee Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci. With Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine, Jean Rochefort, and Macha Grenon. Distributed by GKids. In French with English subtitles. Running time: 1 hour, 45 mins. Parent's guide: PG (action/peril including gunplay, some thematic elements, and rude humor). Playing at: Ritz at the Bourse.
April 12, 2016 |
Wearing a high-tech prosthetic hand, Eric Young grabbed hold of a Saltine. Crunch. The hand's rubbery, motorized fingers closed too quickly, and that's the way the cracker crumbled. Then engineer Kelsey Muller flipped a switch, activating pressure-sensitive electronics so that when Young tried it again, the fingers would slow down at just the right moment. Presto! Cracker intact. "What we're doing is replicating the natural reflex," Muller said. Her demonstration was one of more than a dozen Sunday afternoon at a Philadelphia symposium on an emerging technology called haptics.
April 11, 2016 |
From as far as Tennessee and as close as South Philadelphia, hundreds of people came Saturday to stand in spitting snow and unseasonably frigid temperatures for a chance at stardom. They were there at Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub, at Second and South Streets, for an open-casting call for the 32nd season of MTV's Real World , the network's longest-running reality series. "You don't give up something like this," said Michael Giuda, 21 of South Philadelphia. "I'm really in your face.
April 11, 2016 |
Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, head of the U.S. Africa Command, the nation's former deputy commander in Afghanistan, and the leader of many other campaigns in combat and in peace around the world, was honored at home Saturday. Rodriguez, now based in Stuttgart, Germany, came to Center City to accept an award befitting his august, 40-year career: He was this year's recipient of the Alexander Haig Guardian of Liberty Award, bestowed by the West Point Society of Philadelphia. Past honorees include retired Gen. Dennis J. Reimer, a former Army chief of staff; former Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White; and Tom Ridge, former Pennsylvania governor and first secretary of Homeland Security.
April 9, 2016 |
Aramark has decided to keep its global headquarters in Philadelphia, ending speculation that the food- and facilities-services giant may decamp to another city with its jobs and prestige. The company is not yet sure whether it will remain at its namesake headquarters tower at 1101 Market St. or move to another building, but it has concluded that Philadelphia's business costs, talent supply, transportation links, and other advantages will keep it in town, communications chief Tod MacKenzie said in an interview ahead of Thursday's announcement.
April 8, 2016 |
Harry Potter, the theme park Humanity holds its collective breath: As I write, we are mere hours away from the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood on Thursday. The attraction was shown off to the rich and mighty at a red-carpet do Tuesday featuring Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe , Rupert Grint , and Emma Watson . Other guests included Steven Spielberg . They grooved to the stylings of the L.A. Philharmonic under the direction of John Williams , says the Los Angeles Times.
April 7, 2016 |
Nobody says J.S. Bach cures post-traumatic stress disorder. But few would be surprised if his music helped, whether it is the Goldberg Variations , heard after the Paris terror attacks last November, or the St. Matthew Passion on the day after the Brussels suicide bombings last month. Not every composer writes music with medicinal effects. Mahler's darker symphonies could make a bad day even worse. Yet Bach (despite the furrowed brow and 18th-century wig seen in formal portraits)
April 5, 2016 |
I have been teaching at a university for more than 30 years and can attest to the maxim that teaching keeps you young. It's refreshing to be around 17- to 21-year-olds year after year. Their spontaneity and enthusiasm are contagious. But so are their naiveté and foolishness. For if the university keeps instructors young, it does the same for students. While in college, students are mostly in contact with each other. They mix with people of different backgrounds but not of different ages.
April 4, 2016 |
He has played God - twice - and beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday, he will lead National Geographic Channel viewers on a globe-spanning search for The Story of God , but don't, whatever you do, call Morgan Freeman an expert. "I'm nowhere near an expert on anything, except, maybe, me," Freeman said in an interview in January. Still, the Oscar-winning actor's curiosity had already led him to some big questions as host and narrator of the Science Channel's Through the Wormhole , whose first episode, six seasons ago, asked, "Is There a Creator?"