Tara Lynn Johnson writes essays and commentary. She loves the arts and storytelling. When not writing or taking photos, she's watching Jeopardy!, doing crossword puzzles, baking, spending time at the beach, seeing plays and musicals, reading, sipping iced or hot tea, engaging in deep conversation, and taking classes for fun. Visit her at www.taralynnjohnson.com or on Twitter @taralynnjohnson.
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Second season of 'True Detective' (second review)
Fortune cookie dialogue and a plot out of 1985
Season one of True Detective was flawed but extremely enjoyable. I watched season two hoping week by week that it would get better. It didn’t.
Jennifer Aniston in 'Cake'
Not just a pretty face
When Cake came out, people lauded star Jennifer Aniston — for not wearing makeup. That’s a daring choice? Would the same amazement and attention have been given to a man who made the same decision? And would I even have noticed she wasn’t wearing any if I hadn’t been told?
Abusing library books
Do I need a Hazmat suit to read library books?
Did courtesy go out of style and no one told me? I don’t expect everyone to treat books as holy, but taking a little care would be nice.
'Ballet 422' by Jody Lee Lipes
A dance documentary that takes the cake
Ballet 422 is a tease, offering insight into the how, but not the what, of a new ballet.
An alma mater's fundraising appeal
A walk down memory lane — too bad it wasn’t mine
My high school begs for money; this year, they decided to remind me (as if I needed reminding) of why I’m glad high school is over.
'Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer'
Rudolph and I are misfits
Rudolph is a timeless classic for a reason. For 50 years, his nose has lit up, signaling that he’s a misfit. I was, too, and he made that O.K.
It's not too early for Christmas
I’m singing Christmas carols already, and it’s more than a week before Thanksgiving. You may not think the holiday season has started yet, though. And that’s your choice.
'Book of Mormon' at the Forrest (fourth review)
The power of theater compels you . . .
F-bombs and crude jokes and satire, oh my! The Book of Mormon made my mother laugh and want to see other shows she normally wouldn’t. Theater is powerful stuff.
Drexel study of Mantua and Powelton
“A Fragile Ecosystem”
Can the arts do for Mantua and Powelton what they've done in Fishtown and other Philadelphia neighborhoods?
Remembering Robin Williams (five)
Robin Williams and my rainbow connection
If you’re moved by Robin Williams’s life, work, or death, find a way to honor that.