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The Acute Grief of a Friend Breakup

If I remember correctly, my first breakup was with a kid named Anthony sometime in the seventh grade. I’ve forgotten the specifics, but I think […]

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The Drama Around Turning the John Coltrane House Into a Philly Jazz Monument

Sixty-four years ago, in a charming 19th- century rowhome in the southernmost corner of Strawberry Mansion, there lived a giant. John Coltrane was a few […]

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Over the River and Through the Woods

I grew up with only one grandma. My mom’s mom died the year before I was born, so I don’t know what her house was […]

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Angelo Cataldi’s Long Farewell

It’s a friend of mine — let’s call him Billy from Broomall — who captures something important about the arc of Angelo Cataldi’s long run […]

philadelphia orchestra conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who just won yet another Grammy and extended his contract
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Q&A: Yannick Talks Cheesesteaks, His Cats, and Why He Loves Philly So Much

Hello, Yannick. I thought we had an hour, but I’m told you only have 30 minutes, so I won’t waste time with a lot of […]

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What Will Happen to Center City if There’s Nowhere to Park?

In July, the 76ers unveiled a proposal to construct a new arena in Center City, adjacent to Chinatown. Public reaction was mixed and raised a […]


With Newest Luxury Project Arthaus, Carl Dranoff Bets on Wellness Real Estate

I can tell something is bothering Carl Dranoff. The developer is alternately tapping and rubbing his left thumb with his right as he sits on […]

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Buzz Bissinger on Why He Refuses to Teach His Book Friday Night Lights at Penn

There are few men we could interview in this space who could talk about their Gucci leather addiction, winning a Pulitzer at the Inquirer, their […]

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Can the First Philadelphia Polo Classic Make the City a Pony Town?

No one would dispute that the reputation of the polo community is clubby and elitist. But behind all that hauteur and wealth is a weirdly […]

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Helen Gym Is Ready for Battle Over Roe, the Sixers and More

She started out as a journalist and then a teacher before becoming a community organizer and an activist. Now, City Councilmember Helen Gym is, perhaps, […]