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Philly Is More Than Violence and Bad Schools

Who are we? There seems an ongoing need in us to define the city and our populace definitively. That particular need spikes every time there’s […]

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Barack Obama Will Win the Presidential Election

I now know for certain there’ll be a second President Obama term. I knew it the moment Jon Stewart described Romney as looking like the […]

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Grantland.com, Longreads.com, and Four Other Things You Ought to Be Reading

Wait, another list? Oof. Enough with the year-end lists already! Agreed, but, please, there are reasons for year-end lists: (1) readership is down between Christmas […]

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The Shock of the Bill Conlin Accusations

“The soulless have no need of melancholia,” said Vladimir Odoevsky, a Russian writer who died in 1869 and is said to have prophesied the Internet […]

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Dexter Is Killing Joan Didion

It used to be, back when we all read books, that right about now, with the Three Wise Men lumbering into our line of vision, […]

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Honoring the Legacy of George McGovern

I was young and knew as much about politics as Arlene Ackerman appears to know about simple decency when I volunteered to help George McGovern […]

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Miss the NBA? Read The Whore of Akron

There’s a danger when an institution like the NBA pulls a Houdini. Absence can make the heart grow colder instead of fonder. Have you been […]

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Chris Matthews’s Philly Pride Will Send a Thrill Up Your Leg

Lots of people blame TV punditry for the fix we’re in, and it’s hard to argue they’re wrong. Analysis today is instant: the stronger the […]

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What Andy Reid Can Learn From Joe Paterno

There was a time, and it wasn’t always just on a warm summer’s eve on a train bound for nowhere, when people knew when best […]

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Joe Frazier Was Never As Cool As Muhammad Ali

You had to like Ali more than Frazier. Otherwise they’d confiscate your cool card. Ali was smooth, dangerous, a revolutionary. He changed his name and […]

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Vince Fumo vs. the Daily News?

Vince Fumo, you’ve no doubt noticed, is back in the news. Hardly a surprise. Even when he got carted off to the pokey, we knew […]

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Rahm Emanuel’s Plan to Keep Kids in School Longer

Thomas Friedman, everyone’s favorite thinking person’s writer, recently spent a day with Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, for his column in the New York […]

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Almost Spoiler-Free Analysis of Why “Breaking Bad” Is So Damn Good

Four days later, I’m still freaked out. By a TV show. No small thing these days, being freaked out at all, let alone by a […]

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Have Gory Halloween Costumes Taken the Fun Out of Dressing Up?

The other day I wandered into a pop-up store. Pop-up stores are those instant retail outlets set up seemingly overnight to make a quick buck. […]

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Is Michael Vick the $100 Million Mistake?

Three games into the season, and already the black clouds of doom are thickening over the heads of the Philadelphia Eagles. If the Birds score […]