Jackie Atkins, from Cape May, New Jersey, writes on cultural and social institutions for various publications. She also is working on a 26-episode drama series recently sold to EWTV through Family Theatre Productions.
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Picking a basketball bracket
Eliminating the insanity of March Madness
My system for filling out my bracket is foolproof, and it’s simple: Trust your eyes, sense of style, and regional loyalties first. Leave aside alumni affiliations and rely on a selection of good names and old standbys. (In a crunch, you can’t go wrong choosing Duke.)
Why I won't be watching the Super Bowl
The Super Ball will be piped into tents in Afghanistan, ships on the Straits of Oman, turrets on the 49th parallel in Korea, and the weightlessness of the International Space Station. It will also have a third of the country’s population watching — but this year it won’t have me.
First Fridays in Philadelphia
Come for the drag queens, stay for the art
First Friday used to be a celebration of art — these days, it's a hook for marketing departments.
'True West' at Theatre Exile
The yin and yang of the artistic process
Theatre Exile, with its nuanced actors, is probably the best equipped of all Philadelphia troupes to handle Shepard’s one-dimensional drama.
Downton Abbey Season 4
Immune to Lady Mary's charms
Downton Abbey is merely the latest soap set in the great homes of Britain to take America by storm. What's the appeal?
Lessons from the Cape May Film Festival
Those who can, do; those who can’t, attend film schools
Why do America’s many film schools produce so few good movies? And why are the best films made by school dropouts with real-world experience? To ask the question is to answer it.
Charles Whitecar Miskelly's "The Cape'
Whites and Indians in 17th-Century New Jersey
More than 70 years after it was handwritten by a shipbuilder and chicken farmer, a fantasy vision of New Jersey's earliest settlers has surfaced.
Trayvon Martin's mother and the rush to judgment (1st comment)
Unintended consequences: A mother's love and Zimmerman's acquittal
Some people blame the victim for George Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin. What about the victim's mother? Her emotional reaction, while understandable, undermined the careful investigation that this case required. As a result, Zimmerman is free and we'll never know what really happened the night of the killing.
Two male authors, at opposite extremes
Wet dreams and clean pants, or: What do women want from men?
One best-selling male author writes books about a neutered man; another about a stallion near a mare in perpetual heat. When I see the kind of books that women read, I feel embarrassed for my gender.
One more time: Freedom vs. security
The road to serfdom runs nowhere near my house
Dan Rottenberg mocked me for abandoning his stimulating streets of Philadelphia for the storm-ravaged coast of New Jersey. Hey, each of us cherishes a different version of the American dream.
Waiting for Sandy in Cape May
Denial and destiny by the sea
To every life comes a moment of truth. Mine arrived Monday as Hurricane Sandy approached Cape May, where my family had summered for more than a century. Should I flee or should I stay?
"Next to Normal' at the Arden (2nd review)
Up from normality
Diana, the obsessively grieving mother in Next to Normal, has more than her share of hangups. But she's far less dangerous than the “normal” relatives and mental health professionals who attend her.
Stan Sperlak's "Rising' at Cape May
How you gonna keep 'em down in Provence after they've seen Cape May?
Stan Sperlak's Cape May County pastels almost make you believe there's no difference between southern Jersey and southern France. Almost, but not quite.