July 28, 2016 |
The question to the kids Tuesday morning was simple, yet profound: What would they do if they were president? The answers — given in essay form by Philadelphia students ages 7 to 17 — were compelling. Many answered that they would end racism or solve the issue of contentious police relations in their communities. Maybe they were light on specifics, but they were full of emotion. Or humor: One boy, sweltering in the sun with uncounted others, wrote that if he were president, he'd be writing in the air-conditioning.
June 20, 2016
This fan thought that if Diana Gabaldon, author of the "Outlander" book series, was writing the episode, there might be some sweet Jamie and Claire together time in "Vengeance is Mine," episode 11 in the Starz TV series based on her books. Ha! Should have known better. Not that there isn't some of that - and let's face it, actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan can pack a lot of emotion into a glance or a quick before-battle kiss between their characters - but, as DG explains here , "Outlander" was never meant to be a romance, in the modern sense anyway.
June 19, 2016
Reading and Writing Cancer How Words Heal By Susan Gubar W.W. Norton. 240 pp. $26.95 Reviewed by Janet Falon Words heal. Reading them. Writing them. Both. In Reading and Writing Cancer by Susan Gubar, you're taught how to use words to write about your cancer experience in a healing way, and how to read and be enriched by the words of writers (and some visual artists) whose work springs from their own encounter with this ubiquitous disease.
June 13, 2016 |
A YOUNG mother gives up her newborn baby boy for adoption only months before her own high school graduation. The mother is 17. Nearly 50 years later, the mother, Victoria Huggins Peurifoy, tells the story in a letter to a son she saw only once. In a poem based off a family photograph, which includes a little girl, Carol Richardson McCullough writes of the sister she never met. The toddler died before McCullough was born. These are samples of the stories and poems collected in two new books, Anthology 2 and Portraits Through Time.
May 29, 2016 |
The dentist and the ex-cop first met about five years ago at a pain management seminar at Tufts University. "He asked me what I was doing there," recalls Carlos Aquino, who spent 23 years on the Philadelphia police force before retiring in 1995 as a sergeant specializing in narcotics investigations. "When I told him, he understood. " Elliot Hersh, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania dental school who specializes in pharmacology, understood so well that he soon had Aquino lecturing his students on the dangers of overprescribing painkillers, including opioids such as Percocet and Vicodin.
May 25, 2016 |
Regarding the 51/2-week strike against Verizon by nearly 40,000 union members: After talking to company and union leaders, "we continue to expect the strike to end relatively soon," but it will still reduce this year's earnings for Verizon by around $200 million, or a nickel a share, writes New York-based telecom analyst Barry Sine in a report to clients of Philadelphia-based Drexel, Hamilton & Co. Both labor and management say "a solution is possible,"...
May 9, 2016
Beth Kephart is the author 21 books, including "This Is the Story of You" (Chronicle Books) I may have been an angsty adolescent, but my darkest secret involved nothing more than this: a box of watercolors, a drugstore paintbrush, a Bic pen, and a series of blank books with Naugahyde covers. I painted the pages of those books to buckling saturation. I waited, impatiently, for them to dry. Afterward, alone on my roof or in the shade of a tree, I Bic-scratched into those multitonal hues such awe-invoking grandeur as this: A daffodil dons her yellow skirt, Smoothes out the ruffled pleats of the hem, Places her fringed bonnet on her tiny head . . . and goes out for tea. Clearly I was just inches away from a career as the next Jack Kerouac, the future Allen Ginsberg, the once-and-always Emily Dickinson.
April 29, 2016 |
'Tonight, we commune with the dead," declared the intermission lecturer, Philip Jones, a Babylonian specialist. Is that so different from many classical music concerts? This occasion was different. It was called "Ancient Echoes," a special concert at the Penn Museum's Chinese Rotunda on Tuesday, surrounded by Tang Dynasty sculptures. Egyptian sarcophagi lay in the next room. The event was special, indeed. The rotunda is a 90-foot-high dome: Acoustic spaces this diffuse and reverberant are so tough on preexisting repertoire that two new pieces were written for the space.
April 2, 2016 |
When author Erik Larson started research for his latest book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania , about the 1915 sinking of the luxury ocean liner, he wasn't expecting many surprises. As with the Titanic, everyone knows the ending: Almost 1,200 passengers died when a German submarine torpedoed the ship off the coast of Ireland. The attack has widely been seen as a catalyst for the United States' entry into World War I, as Pearl Harbor was in World War II. Except it wasn't.
March 26, 2016 |
Lauren McCann learned a lot from watching her friends struggle freshman year: With grades. With missing a significant other back home. With making new friends. Why not share her wisdom, thought the University of Pennsylvania senior. Out came her project, "Dear Penn Freshmen," a website where she and more than 60 upperclassmen wrote advice letters to their first-year selves, sharing what they wish they had known. "You miss your boyfriend (he won't matter in two years, pinky promise)