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Pretty Little Liars Author Draws Inspiration From Chesco Adolescence

Pretty Little Liars—the popular series of novels (and now a TV show on ABC Family)—takes place in a fictional town on the Main Line. Author […]

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Awful Quotes From Fifty Shades of Grey

Oddly enough, the first time I heard about Fifty Shades of Grey was in a tweet from Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan on March 3. […]

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Neal Pollack Talks Jews and Basketball, Philadelphia Nazis, and E-Books

In October, former Philly Mag writer Neal Pollack released his sixth book, Jewball—self-published for Amazon’s Kindle. No contracts, no marketing outside of his Facebook and […]

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Fishtown Is What’s Wrong With America

To hear Charles Murray tell it, Fishtown is a shining example of everything that’s gone wrong with America. Yes, I’m talking about that Charles Murray—the […]

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End of the Year Reading List

The number of books (not to mention best of lists) released every year is daunting. Throw in the barrage of Kindle, Apple, and Nook devices, […]

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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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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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Mike Tanier to Talk “The Philly Fan’s Code”

Mike Tanier—a New York Times sportswriter whose work has appeared Deadspin and in ESPN the Magazine—has written a book on the biggest athletes the city’s […]

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How to “Undecorate”

Last Friday evening, I had the pleasure of curling up on a couch with the absolutely gorgeous (and ridiculously down-to-earth) Christiane Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio, […]

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“Night Circus” Is Not the New “Harry Potter”

On July 13th, the twitterverse lit up when it was announced that David Heyman, the mega-producer of the movie mega-franchise Harry Potter, was circling around his […]

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The New Superman Can’t Fly

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s—no, it can’t be—Superman. Not anymore. And I’m pissed. At 73, DC Comics’ Man […]

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One Book, One Philadelphia 2011: “War Dances”

Philly is ranked as the 31st most-literate city in the United States by Central Connecticut State University. Well, actually, we’re not even rated that highly. […]

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Local Author Writes Novel Foodies Will Love

Richard Morais’ neighbors in Chestnut Hill won’t be surprised that his novel The Hundred-Foot Journey is a paean to French haute cuisine and exotic Indian […]