January 30, 2016 |
Carli Lloyd, recently named the top women's soccer player in the world by FIFA, former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes, and Flyers winger Jake Voracek will be among the headliners at the 112th annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association's banquet Monday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill. A limited number of tickets are available at PSWAdinner.com, and some may be available at the door. Fans should check the website for updates. Lloyd, the pride of Delran High and Rutgers, had a hat trick to lead the United States past Japan in the World Cup final.
January 24, 2016 |
Colson Whitehead unnerves me. Every time I think I've found the thread that connects his seven books, from his stunning 1999 debut, The Intuitionist , about elevator examiners, to his best-selling zombie adventure story/existentialist dialectic, Zone One (2011), to 2014's The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death , a reportorial account of the World Series of Poker, it slips through my fingers. Whitehead, 46, will speak about his diverse writings at Bryn Mawr College on Feb. 3. "Who is Colson Whitehead?"
January 19, 2016 |
Peggy Anderson, 77, a longtime Philadelphia writer who penned a national best-seller about the life of a big-city hospital nurse, died Sunday, Jan. 17. Ms. Anderson, a former Inquirer writer and copy editor, was in Penn Medicine's hospice unit in Center City. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer nearly seven years ago. It went into remission, but returned last year and spread, said Mary Walton, a longtime friend. In 1978, Ms. Anderson achieved great success with her book Nurse . Ms. Anderson, whose mother was a nurse, spent two months trying to find someone who would best serve as the focus of her book.
January 18, 2016 |
Head coaches, like presidents, should have speech writers. If they did, it sure would be cool to be Doug Pederson's guy. Mr. Head Coach, here's what I came up with for your pending introductory news conference with the Eagles at the NovaCare Complex. I got some help from the trainers and doctors, so you can read it over and tell me what you think. Introduction: OK, injuries. (Clear throat for effect) Chip Kelly had a broken offense, a tired defense and quite a few personality quirks.
January 18, 2016 |
Josh Singer is really in the spotlight now. On Thursday morning, the name of the Ambler native and Harvard Law-grad-turned-Hollywood scribe was announced alongside the likes of DiCaprio, Damon, and Blanchett when nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were read off in Beverly Hills, Calif. Singer, along with co-writer Tom McCarthy, is a nominee for the original screenplay Oscar for Spotlight , the searing true story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into pedophile priests in the Catholic Church.
January 15, 2016 |
DAVE SIMPSON kind of liked the idea that he was 70 feet tall. Take a look at the mural outside Hahnemann University Hospital and you will find Dave Simpson, in plaid shirt and blue jeans, looming over the other folks depicted in the painting. All are disabled, and all contributed to their communities in different ways. Dave was blind and never saw the mural, but his twin brother, Daniel, who is also blind, said Dave loved the idea that he was so tall. And, of course, he loved the fact that handicapped people were being recognized for overcoming their disabilities to reach out to others.
January 12, 2016
Florence King, a writer who brought a fierce wit to her novels, essays, and columns, has died. Jack Fowler, publisher of the National Review and a longtime friend of Ms. King's, said she died Wednesday, a day after her 80th birthday, at an assisted-living home in Fredericksburg, Va. Ms. King was best known her National Review column, "The Misanthrope Corner," in which she humorously critiqued public figures and derided political correctness until...
December 19, 2015
Doug Willis, 77, who followed Ronald Reagan from the governor's office to the presidential campaign trail and covered Jerry Brown's first stint as governor during a three-decade career writing about California politics for the Associated Press, died Tuesday at a hospital in Sacramento from complications following hip surgery, said his wife, Judy. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about three years ago and had been living in a memory-care home since summer, she said. Judy Willis said it was especially sad that her husband suffered from dementia because he had such a quick wit, nimble mind and fail-safe memory throughout his journalism career and their 22-year marriage.
November 10, 2015 |
IS IT POSSIBLE to die of a broken heart? When Tony Lyle's longtime partner, Jim Clark, died in February, Tony's doctor suggested he take an antidepressant. "I'm not depressed," Tony insisted. But on Oct. 27, Tony died of a heart attack in his apartment on Rittenhouse Square. He was 79. "He was very upset by Jim's death," said Tony's niece, Alison Lyle Flowers. "Could it have been a broken heart? Who knows?" Anthony A. Lyle, who with his partner, James N. Clark, were active in caring for victims of the HIV/AIDS virus from the early days of the disease, was a longtime editor of the Pennsylvania Gazette, the University of Pennsylvania's prizewinning alumni magazine.
November 5, 2015 |
Their life together reads much like fiction, but of a different genre from their page-turning crime novels that frequent the New York Times best sellers list. "I think we have one of the great romances of all time," said Jonathan Kellerman, speaking candidly about his wife of 43 years, Faye, during a recent phone interview from their Beverly Hills home. The duo, who met and fell in love when Faye was a teenager, have become something of a royal family of mystery writers, with their son, Jesse, also an award-winning novelist and playwright.