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Ten Years After Oprah Book Pick, Philly’s Ayana Mathis Is Back

In 2012, Germantown native Ayana Mathis suddenly found herself thrust into the spotlight when Oprah Winfrey singled out her debut novel for the famous book […]


Pat’s Steaks Owner Has Some Choice Words for His Haters

When people think of Philadelphia, the food they think of is the cheesesteak. And you can’t talk about cheesesteaks without talking about Pat’s King of […]

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When Did Halloween Become an Endurance Test?

The best Halloween costume I ever made for either of my kids was the year Luke was three. We teased and sprayed his blond curls, […]

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What the Hell Is Happening With the Mütter Museum?

In 1873, a year before retiring from the University of Vienna, Joseph Hyrtl composed a letter to a surgeon in Philadelphia named Thomas Hewson Bache. […]

Leslie Odom Jr.
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Hamilton Mega-Talent Leslie Odom Jr. Talks His New Exorcist Sequel and Broadway Return

Singer and actor Leslie Odom Jr. became a household name when he played Aaron Burr in the original Broadway cast of Hamilton. Since then, he […]

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These Are the Golden Years? On Retirement and Chicken Piccata

My husband is cooking dinner in the kitchen — the kitchen that for the past three-plus years has also been my home office. He’s making […]

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Gretchen Harrington, a Delco Pastor, and the End of Innocence

On Saturday, August 16, 1975, in the pre-dawn hours, a police sergeant in a suburb near Salt Lake City, Utah, pulled over a tan Volkswagen […]

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Unlikely Affinity: The Beauty of Vacation Friends

Almost exactly one year ago, my husband took me on a surprise vacation for my 40th birthday: a four-day jaunt to Key West, Florida. We […]

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The Battle for 76 Place: One Year Later, Where Things Stand With the Sixers’ Controversial Arena Project

“Holy shit, this is what I’m building.” David Adelman and I are walking around outside TD Garden before the May 9th ­Sixers-Celtics playoff game. The […]


Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin Talk 25 Years of the Finest Dining

Since Vetri Cucina debuted in 1998 in what’s now called Midtown Village, Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin’s restaurant has become a Philly fine-dining staple, known […]