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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Pa-Gov: Here’s one ad we love—and one we hate
By Josh Kruger

Right now, we’re all being bombarded by negative ads in the run up to next Tuesday’s primary.  Everybody hates this shit.  Specifically, two ads have gotten our attention lately:  One from the governor’s race and another from PA-13, which we’re referring to as “GIRL PLEASE” AND “AWESOME SAUCE TASTES LIKE…” First up, Tom Corbett’s take on Democrat Tom Wolf’s [...]

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“Tips for Jesus” hits Philly; man leaves $7,000
By Josh Kruger

There’s a mysterious, awesome movement afoot right now in America: It was (probably) begun by a corporate executive, and it’s hit more than a dozen cities across the country. The mission: make the world a better place one ridiculously large tip at a time. Usually to often overworked, underpaid waitstaff and bartenders. And it seems that [...]