Where the Sidewalk Ends

About 9 p.m. on Sunday, a line forms on the sidewalk at Eighth and Arch streets. People are waiting to get inside a makeshift "cafe," a space leased by the city to give homeless people a safe, warm p...

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Posted Dec. 31, 2008 | Comments: 6

Post-Dramatic Stress Disorder

Before last month, the most bizarre thing I'd ever witnessed on Broad Street happened on Election Day 2004. Walking to my polling place, I saw a man hunker down and take a shit on the sidewalk in fro...

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Posted Nov. 19, 2008 | Comments: 1

Laptop Anthropologist

My new friend Juli invited me to a party for transgendered people out in the 'burbs. After hours at a fancy restaurant in a posh pocket of manure-smelling McCain country is the unlikely spot where me...

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Posted Oct. 8, 2008 | Comments: 6

Laptop Anthropologist

Ex-lovers--not that I talk to them--would tell you I'm not very nostalgic. I've always associated the saccharine sentimentality required for full-on nostalgia with stereotypical femininity, which is ...

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Posted Sep. 17, 2008 | Comments: 2

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Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th B-Day this week
By Josh Kruger

This year marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. A playwright known for his unique mastery of the English language, Shakespeare also wrote a lot of beautiful, but admittedly pedantic, poems called sonnets. We know him mostly, though, because of his acute grasp of human experience told through sardonic comedies (A Midsummer’s Night Dream) or horrific tragedies [...]

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In ‘exile’ after sentencing, marijuana activist Goldstein continues fight
By Randy LoBasso

Politicians are endorsing it. President Obama says it’s not so dangerous. If a Democrat wins the Pennsylvania’s governor’s race this November, it’ll be decriminalized. But for the time being, in Philadelphia, its advocates and users are still getting arrested, and receiving, in one case, two years probation and harsh fines. Chris Goldstein, a member of Philly’s [...]