Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Spicey Saffron

Inga Saffron
Y'all, Come On Down
Inga Saffron, The Inquirer's prolific and prolix urbanista architecture critic, won a Pulitzer Prize yesterday. Finally, after many trips down the ailse as a bridesmaid, she got it. She deserved it. Our correspondent, a loyal Old City resident, here takes issue with Saffron's latest critique, on Old City, which appeared last Friday and which is reprinted below.
 
By Liliane Clever
[WritersClearinghouse News Service]
Inga Saffron has won a Pulitzer, and I suppose that it is good for The Inquirer and Philadelphia.
 
It would also seem that last week's fire that destroyed the Suit Corner at 3rd and Market, got her to come down to my neck of the woods. It is obvious from what she says that she is not a usual visitor to the hood.
 
I also think that she is quite unfair in describing 3rd and 2nd Streets. While it is true that there is still a lot to be done, a lot has already been accomplished. But unfortunately, Old City suffers from its so called historical status with all of its guidelines and restrictions which make any project more complicated and more costly than in other parts of the city.
 
That could explain why some developers have been staying away. And by the way, the projected CVS at 3rd and Market that Saffron mentions would have been impossible just a few years ago when big commercial stores when not allowed. This restriction has now been lifted to some degree. Hence the CVS announcement.
 
Maybe Saffron could have done a little bit more homework on the subject instead of shaking her head and wondering what could possibly be wrong with building owners and businesses in Old City.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Lord of Hosts: The Life of Sir Henry Channon


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Friday, 4 April 2014

Small Town 1964: Boston in Nine Minutes


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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Noah: The Prequel

On The Wild Side
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Thursday, 27 March 2014

April in Paris

Campus Visit
The American University in Paris

Maps & Directions | The American University of Paris

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Monday, 24 March 2014

Fly on the Wall

 
4-OUNCES
BY DON MERLOT
[WITERSCLEARINGHOUSE NEWS SERVICE/BIO]
NEW ORLEANS
It looks like the availability of all regions that produce wines is stocked in super markets and wine shops. At chez moi we have house wines for us and entertainment wines for family and friends, and for special occasions, we shop for our favorite fine wines. Nowadays we drink a limited amount of wine and not necessarily daily. The retirement process and health care checkups have driven me to drink a maximum of 4 ounces of red and 4 ounces of white wine. I we never fill the wine goblet and make sure I have the discipline to adhere to that expectation. After all, 4 ounces of wine equates to 95 calories and two glasses equal 190 calories. If you are on a 2000 calories diet, that is 10 percent of your daily calorie requirement. Doctors generally will let you drink two glasses if you are in good health, as wine is good for ones cardiovascular health. I have had to change my wine consumption over the last ten years because of age, as I was drinking more that two goblets at a time, and I also would have beer occasionally and/or margarita when we would go to a Mexican restaurant. Oh, those pounds stayed with me.
 

Alain de Botton: Arts Help Us Live and Die

Alain de Botton
Why We Need National Museums

Alain de Botton: We need art to help us to live and to die » Spectator Blogs

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

'Degenerate' Art?


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NAZI VOLK TALES 
BY RICHARD CARRENO
[WITERSCLEARINGHOUSE NEWS SERVICE/BIO]
MUNICH

When the Haus der Kunst in Munich, then the Haus der Deutschen Kunst (House of German Art), opened in 1937, the monumental colonnaded structure dead-heading the picturesque southern tip of Englischer Garten, it was supposed to house Germany's latest popular art movement. Contemporary German art? Modern German art? Fine art, even?
 
Far from it. The museum, created and consecrated by the Third Reich's most prominent artist and art critic manqué, Adolf Hitler himself, and designed by Paul Ludwig Troost, whose over-the-top Leviathan buildings even bested well-known Nazi city planner Albert Speer for bold propaganda paranoia in granite, was to showcase Hitler's vision of great German art. The result is a building that's an architectural pastiche of clumsy white elephant-ism (think the Franklin Institute) and classical stolidness (30th Street/Penn Station, anyone?) In Nazi jargon, just like home. As for the art, the Volk was on you.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Cat Chronicles II

Me
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FABULOUS FELINE
BY CHEEKY
[WITERSCLEARINGHOUSE NEWS SERVICE/BIO]
Granger, Indiana
The Second of Two Parts
When I got up yesterday afternoon, post-lunch nap... I believe in that... I realized I had a mild dose of the sniffles.  My cure is simple, sit on the register and hope Mom turns up the heat.  Note the look of optimistic anticipation on my face.  Mom is basically very generous with all things, but when it comes to turning up the furnace to a temperature that is acceptable to a Feline Princess (somewhere around 78 degrees) she draws the line.  She tells me that the gas company blows excessive hot air at a hideous price and that we will not participate in this fraud.  She has adapted nicely, spending the winter in her "don't need much heat" costume.....which includes, in addition to sweat pants, long velour bathrobe, extra long tube socks....a gray fleece hoodie (causing the neighbors to ponder if the uni-bomber has in fact returned and therefore vacating the street when she adds a Loden great coat, also with hood, and black rubber boots for the trek to the mail box) only to find out the mail carrier was unwilling to brave the elements to deliver the bills.  Yes there are advantages in everything, if temporary. 
 

Friday, 7 March 2014

Cat Chronicles

Me
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FANCY FELINE
BY CHEEKY
[WITERSCLEARINGHOUSE NEWS SERVICE/BIO]
Granger, Indiana
(The First of Two Parts) 
My name is Cheeky, or Cheeky K, Cheekster, Cheekykins, The Cheeks, etc.  I am an American short-hair cat .... of dubious heritage, but quite acceptable by kitty standards, if a bit rotund.  Too many mouse fillets. Well, Italian roast beef bits, really.  My care-giver, to whom I refer as "Mom" as she tends to baby me and I love it, bailed me out of Rescue Prison where I whiled away for eighteen long months.  Lots of lookers, but no takers until I decided to spruce up my act by lifting a front paw in order to captivate prospective rescuers with my friendly charm.  How many cats shake hands?  Really!  At least it worked on this Mom!
 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Despite Ed Bacon...

 
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Philadelphia's Ed Bacon: Un-Leashed, Un-Chained, Un-Hinged


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The Two Philadelphias, 1960s



It's a Travelog. Seriously.
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Concentration Camp No. 1, Dachau


 1 March 2014

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Jerry Lewis Move Over

Patricia MacDonald
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FRANCE'S 'MYSTERY QUEEN'
BY JACKIE ATKINS
[WITERSCLEARINGHOUSE NEWS SERVICE/BIO]
Cape May, New Jersey
From noon to five, every day except Sundays and on holidays, mystery writer Patricia MacDonald works at her day job, writing a new novel once a year for the enjoyment of discerning Americans and the edification of her agent. And the French. They love her best-selling who-done-its in France. Who knew? 
 
She has never experienced what some have dubbed 'writers block.'
 
'To be truthful with you,' she tells me over a cup of coffee in her brightly-lit breakfast room in her 19th-century house here, full of antiques, knick knacks, and bookcases of French cookbooks, 'whenever someone mentions this term [writer's block], I have no know idea what they are talking about.'
 

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