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The must see play of Philly’s holiday season…

…is over four hundred years old. In the right hands, Shakespeare can still bring it. Twelfth Night will be playing at Pig Iron until the 22nd. You should go see it. From my piece in the Inky (Jawnts-endorsed), linked above, … Continue reading

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All Elmore, All the Time

I started seriously reading Elmore Leonard books this summer and proceeded to blow through- en of the 20+ novels he wrote since Glitz (1985), which my dad recommended to me because of my interest in all things Atlantic City. I’m … Continue reading

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Oliver Twist, One of Dickens’ Worst Creations, Found Strangled

Next weekend the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion in Germantown–Philly’s only Victorian house museum–is having its annual game of live action Clue. This year it involves the death of Oliver Twist, that obnoxious nub who steals the limelight from the Artful Dodger. … Continue reading

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Locust Moon Comix Fest is Tomorrow!

My favorite Philadelphia comic shop, Locust Moon (34 40th Street), is hosting a big indie comics festival tomorrow. Here are the deets, as laid out in my Jawnts mini-column for the Inquirer last Sunday: The main event will run from … Continue reading

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I’m in the latest issue of Dissent!

The Spring, 2013 issue of Dissent Magazine is here in all its glory and it contains my book review The Right and Labor in America Politics, Ideology, and Imagination, by Nelson Lichtenstein and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer. (It’s a loosely connected … Continue reading

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a distinct bias toward the festive

A Wodehousian gem, found in The New Criterion review of the latest collection of his letters. “Although Mr. Gedge’s statement that the Vicomte de Blissac was never sober had been an exaggeration—for he was frequently sober, sometimes for hours at … Continue reading

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Walnut Street Theater’s Ideal Husband Isn’t Ideal, but Worth Seeing

I’m the kind of guy who can’t not have a good time at an Oscar Wilde play. I didn’t give a glowing review to the Walnut Street theater’s production of An Ideal Husband, but I didn’t have a bad time … Continue reading

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In Which I’m Finally Paid To Write About P.G. Wodehouse

Well, its finally happened. I’ve been reading P.G. Wodehouse for well over a decade now and I’ve loved his work since I first cracked open The Code of the Woosters. I’ve been proselytizing for his cause for just as long, … Continue reading

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P.G. Wodehouse in India

I remember hearing, at some point, that P.G. Wodehouse is quite popular in India. So, it being Boxing Day and all, I Googled the appropriate terms and the right sort of article began popping up. First, a slight NPR piece … Continue reading

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Consider the Bee (Or, Actually, Don’t)

I recently stumbled across this wonderful letter to the New York Times, written in the October of 1865, taking a strong line against anti-loitering laws. It’s quite funny and, I think, the correct inclination. Arresting people for hanging out is … Continue reading

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