An ever-increasing influx of Iraqis is a testament to the consequences of war. Since 2008, about 300 families—who lost their homes during years of nonstop fighting they call “the situation in Iraq”—have resettled in Philadelphia as refugees. And each month, as more Iraqis who have fled their country are granted access to the U.S., the number grows.
September in Philly means the return of the stinkbug, invading dwellings to share its unique pungency with residents across the region. Likewise, City Council members come back from their summer recess to take up session again Thursday and draw up new laws for the city—no comment about any particular smells emanating from City Hall. Ah, how we’ve missed them.
By Tara Murtha
The question looms: Is it better to have no audience or to use a platform that is likely in part provided by trafficking to speak out against it?
The Coen Brothers’ first and arguably best film, Blood Simple, is natural remake fodder. The foundation of A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop is basically the same: The owner of a noodle shop discovers his wife is cheating on him with one of his employees, and hires a ne’er-do-well to kill them. The genius gimmick is that no one character knows entirely what’s going on, leading to confusion, mistakes, dead bodies and a very funny punchline.