The power of settings
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The power of settings

This term, I’m taking a seminar class on John Steinbeck. We’re immersed in descriptions of place–the physical qualities of land, weather patterns, the people who make the best of both. As our professor, Richard Astro, pointed out early on, “Steinbeck formed a deep appreciation of his environment–not only the rich fields and the hills surrounding Salinas, … Continue reading

A Philly son who earned his place among British fantasy writers
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A Philly son who earned his place among British fantasy writers

A year too late, I found out that October 11, 2014 marked the 50th Anniversary of Lloyd Alexander’s first book in the Newbery-recognized Prydain Chronicles. I was also thrilled to discover that Mr. Alexander was a Philly homeboy, even to his last days. Well, perhaps “homeboy” is a little too colloquial to describe this humble yet eloquent … Continue reading

Local museum/library transports us to Wonderland for 9 months
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Local museum/library transports us to Wonderland for 9 months

Tucked away on Delancey Place, just a short walk from Rittenhouse Square, is a cozy brick building that embodies our city’s “Quaker aesthetic.” It’s easy to overlook on a street of identical facades. But while the organization within–the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia–may not be as visually distinctive or large as other cultural … Continue reading

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How they’re training us to write

I’m picky about what I read online. Scrolling through Business Insider this afternoon reminded me why. Technology has already shortened our attention spans. We don’t need websites that build a following with click-bait headlines and articles composed of bullet points and single paragraphs. At least BuzzFeed’s “listacles” are done in good fun. Heck, the Forbes … Continue reading