Joe Queenan's "Closing Time"

Writer Jaime O'Neill says Queenan's memoir is self-serving and overwritten.

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Posted Jun. 11, 2009 | Comments: 0

Roger Clemens' Downfall

On this, the eve of a fresh baseball season, fans of all 30 big-league franchises fill themselves to the brim with the hope that their squad will accomplish what the Phillies did in 2008. But fans of disgraced pitcher Roger Clemens find this to be anything but the season of their content. For the first time since the mid-1980s, Clemens is more likely to face federal perjury charges for allegedly deceiving Congress’ probe of steroids in America’s pastime than to come out of retirement and pitch a perfect game.

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Posted Apr. 1, 2009 | Comments: 1

Spring Books Roundup

This weekend Slate’s editor Jacob Weisberg wrote an ode to his new Kindle, saying its existence “marks a cultural revolution” and “tells us that printed books, the most important artifacts of human civilization, are going to join newspapers and magazines on the road to obsolescence.” Dude. Harsh.

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Posted Mar. 24, 2009 | Comments: 1

Lit Gloss

Are you an outlier? It'd be nice to think so if you understand the title of Malcolm Gladwell's latest book as a term for people who are successful beyond the norm--freaks of nature and economy like B...

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Posted Jan. 28, 2009 | Comments: 0

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“Cambodian Son” tells of imprisoned, exiled immigrant
By Bill Chenevert

Kosal Khiev’s story is both devastatingly sad and a triumph of the spoken word. Director Masahiro Sugano met him in Cambodia and the story he tells with his stark documentary, “Cambodian Son,” is almost too bizarre to believe. Honestly, the best way to clearly communicate the heft of Khiev’s first 30 years is to show [...]

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Tonight’s Franklin Institute Awards continue a legacy of science, innovation
By Kennedy Allen

It’s safe to say that Benjamin Franklin is Philadelphia’s most renowned adopted son. While born in Boston, good ol’ BF has done more for this city than he’s given crdit. Sure, the discovery of electricity and the invention of bifocals were important in their own right. But it is the driving force of curiosity that [...]

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Hoots & Hellmouth moving into Boot & Saddle for May — and B&S’ menu now has a burger
By Bill Chenevert

Photo by Deneka Peniston, provided by the band. In the Great Things Happening in Philadelphia Music Department, you can watch Hoots & Hellmouth work out new material over the course of four dates on Broad Street with what they’re calling a residency. Boot & Saddle and R5 are giving the local heroes carte blanche to take [...]