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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WATCH: N.A. Poe interviews N.A. Poe on City Council run
By Randy LoBasso

Those who’ve been following along probably already know: Local comedian and marijuana legalization activist N.A. Poe is running on the Libertarian Party ticket for the May 20 special election resulting from former Councilman-at-Large Bill Green vacating his seat to join the School Reform Commission. After a weird week in the news, which included some online tussles [...]

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An open love letter to Wawa
By Josh Kruger

Have you heard? Today is Wawa’s 50th Birthday! And to honor the hoagie and drink factory that’s saved us from all sort of bouts (mostly with hunger), I’ve written a solemn letter to you, Wawa, because let’s be real: You’re worth it. First, you’re one of the few places in the city where we can (thanks [...]