Sunday, 10pm, on TLC
Captive audience: The latest TLC reality show follows five young Amish and Mennonite adults as they leave their Pennsylvania (and Ohio) homes to explore the allure of the Big Apple.
Moment of truth: Right from the start, we wonder: Wait, if this shit is legit, how are these camera crews even allowed in the stars’ family homes? “Reality,” my ass.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy. Whoever decided to use Jersey Shore as a template for a crass exposé of horny young Amish kids is one hell of a cynical bastard. They are kind of hot, though. (S.H.S.)
On the Guest List...
Philadelphia Feastival 2012
Pier 9, Wednesday, Sept. 12
Overall vibe: High society meets bohemia: a boisterous mix of artsy-fartsy types, the culinary community and status-conscious notables whose fat wallets help maintain the stellar output of the former two.
Most memorable moment: Chef Mike Solomonov and auction host Ed Rendell throwing in a come-to-your-house-BBQ helmed by the two of ‘em as an item for bidding.
Scene stealer: Tie between Live Arts Fest-Philly Fringe founder Nick Stuccio’s unflappable cool and all that Spanx-splitting grub. Trust, this fundraiser’s aptly named. (Kenya Beverly)
On the Page...
Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers’ Movement Edited by Zoe Ida Bradbury, et al. (Storey Publishing)
In summary: Four dozen first-person ruminations from 21st-century American farmers, ranging from “Moral Clarity through Chicken-Killing” to “I Figured We’d Buy a Small Piece of Land.”
Akin to: Grid Magazine x Best Food Writing, a sort of chicken soup for the organic soul.
Author fun fact: The essay “Farming in the Web of Interconnectedness” is by Pennsylvania native Sarajane Snyder, who had to leave this state to find her Zen. (S.H.S.)
The Battle of Blood & Ink
By Jared Axelrod and Steve Walker (Tor Books)
In summary: Debut steampunk graphic novel from Philly author Axelrod follows young fugitive journalist Ashe through her explorations of the flying city Amperstam.
Akin to: Girl Genius x Flash Gordon + a smattering of Doctor Who.
Author fun fact: Axelrod is as devoted to costume play as he is to writing; check out his pics online in full dress as a steampunk Superman. (S.H.S.)
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?