June 6, 2014 |
'I don't care how great of a writer you are," said best-selling Horsham writer Merry Farmer. "It's always good to brush up on your craft. " Farmer, 40, who has published 10 novels, including The Faithful Heart and Tales From Cold Springs , recharges her creative batteries every year at the Philadelphia Writers' Conference, a three-day event featuring workshops, roundtable discussions, and bull sessions for writers of all levels, newbie to...
May 20, 2014
AFTER Tim Whitaker got canned from his job as editor of Philadelphia Weekly in 2009, he took inventory of his journalistic options and came up with pretty much zilch. But instead of resigning himself to penning the occasional freelance article, the way many unemployed newspaper people do, Whitaker decided to share his passion for writing by starting a nonprofit called Mighty Writers. He set it up inside donated space at 15th and Christian streets and invited local kids to free after-school programs, writing workshops and SAT prep courses.
February 21, 2014 |
WHENEVER you encounter Dau Jok, you can be absolutely certain he will be smiling. It is just his way. And we should smile when we think of the Penn senior now and far into the future. If he is the future, we are all in good hands. Jok, a senior reserve for Jerome Allen's Quakers, was surrounded by violence and war growing up in Sudan. His father, a Sudanese army general, was slain when Dau was 6. Three years ago as a freshman at Penn, Jok established a foundation in his father's honor to educate Sudanese youth through sports.
February 21, 2014 |
IT WAS JUST like Jack Thompson to think of plucking a hair from the tail of a tiger. Well, he didn't pluck it himself. He got a keeper at the Philadelphia Zoo to do the plucking by holding a piece of meat in one hand and grabbing the hair with the other. "It was a great thing," said Jack's wife, Mary Pat Timony. "He was jumping up and down. " What, you might well ask, did Jack Thompson want with the hair of a tiger? He was working as the advertising manager for a company called Nuclide Industries, which made mass spectrometers - used to "determine the elemental signature of a sample," as it is described - like the hair of a tiger.
February 19, 2014 |
Angélique Kidjo is a human explosion, in voice and in spirit. Talking to her is like surfing a creamy breaker that lifts you high and takes you far, but sets you down in a warm place. It's a Kidjo wave. On Jan. 17, Ifé , her collaboration with composer Philip Glass, debuted in Luxembourg. On Tuesday, she plays the Prince Music Theater, behind her new album Eve , which turns out to be - "But I never knew it at the time!" - a concept album "DEDICATED to the WOMEN of AFRICA/ to their RESILIENCE & their BEAUTY.
February 10, 2014 |
KEY WEST, Fla. - I'm sitting in the audience at the San Carlos Institute on Duval Street in Key West, my stomach churning the glass of Montepulciano that I consumed to quell my nerves, surrounded by 50 or so aspiring writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. We're in Day 2 of our four-day workshop, led by such writers as poet Billy Collins, humorist Daniel Menaker, and novelist Susan Richards Shreve. While fellow snowbirds focus on their third mojito at Coyote Ugly or croon karaoke during the female drag show down the street, the auditorium where I sit is jittery with ambition and fear.
February 7, 2014 |
Among the top 10 phrases former Philadelphians first utter upon returning to the city, "Oh look, it's the Roosevelt Boulevard!" is usually not one. Then again, food writer Anya von Bremzen's world was small when she first arrived with her mother as an 11-year-old Soviet émigré to the farthest reaches of Northeast Philadelphia in 1974. And as we drove from 30th Street Station, where she arrived for the day from Queens where she now lives, she was doing a fine job embracing this long-overdue revisit to her first American home with chipper optimism.
February 4, 2014 |
Timothy Perper, 74, of Bella Vista, a writer and independent researcher on human courtship, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday, Jan. 21, at his home. As a biology professor at Rutgers University in the 1970s, Dr. Perper became fascinated by how couples meet and then decide whether they are attracted to each other. He obtained a grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to study conversations in bars. His 1985 book, Sex Signals: The Biology of Love , was described in the New York Times as "lively and provocative.
January 30, 2014 |
* FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND. 10 p.m. Wednesdays, tonight through Feb. 19. PASADENA, CALIF. - The line between creator and creation becomes a little blurry in "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond," in which we learn that the man behind Agent 007 was nearly as adventurous as his celebrated character. Both inside and outside the bedroom. "It was amazing how many elements he takes from his own life in the fiction," "Fleming" director Mat Whitecross said in an interview during the Television Critics Association's winter meetings.
January 8, 2014 |
* INTELLIGENCE. 9 tonight, CBS3. Moves to 10 p.m. Mondays next week. JOHN DIXON'S probably had worse days. The West Chester writer's first novel, a young-adult thriller called Phoenix Island , is being published by Simon & Schuster today. Tonight, CBS launches "Intelligence," a drama inspired by the former middle-school teacher's book, which stars Josh Holloway ("Lost") as a federal agent with a chip in his brain that makes him, among other things, a walking, talking search engine.