What I miss most about going to movie theaters
Streaming isn’t the same
Film critic Stephen Silver has been arguing for years that Philadelphia's movie theaters are insufficient. What he wouldn't give to get back to them.
How Hulu’s ‘PEN15’ let me open up to my own teenage years
What we learned at school—and what we didn’t
The 7th-grade besties of Hulu’s ‘PEN15,’ played by real-life adult friends looking back on their teen years, help us see the past with compassion and humor—and recognize racism. Christina Anthony remembers her own school years.
A curator’s tour of the new European galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
More than a coat of paint
For anyone who’s longing to get back to the museum, PMA curator of European art Jennifer Thompson talks to Camille Bacon-Smith about shaking up the collection.
‘The Art of Noticing’ by Rob Walker
Readers on notice
Turning off or turning on the TV is one way to get through. Rob Walker suggests something else. Gail Obenreder reviews ‘The Art of Noticing.’
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‘Transitional Times Transitional Body’ by M. Téllez
The bond of uncertain futures
'Transitional Times Transitional Body,' a Philly-based collection of speculative fiction, lifts traditional boundaries on bodies, relationships, and the choices we make to survive. Corey Qureshi reviews.
Kenya Barris’s ‘#blackAF’ on Netflix is a brazen family comedy
Is #blackAF Black enough?
Kenya Barris, the writer and producer behind ABC’s ‘black-ish,’ makes his Netflix debut with ‘blackAF,’ a meta mockumentary. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
‘Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot’ by Mikki Kendall
Is feminism the answer?
Mikki Kendall’s ‘Hood Feminism’ argues that feminism is a movement that forgot Black women. Reviewer Lindsay Gary wonders whom the book is truly addressing, and why it ignores long-established scholarship in fields like African womanism.
Drexel’s Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection dons a digital design
Textiles and hypertext
Virtual galleries and digital museum tours have met a whole new era in the pandemic. Helen Walsh takes a look at Drexel's Fox Historic Costume Collection, which you can find on Google Arts & Culture. Do online experiences like this go beyond reality and website?
Between ‘The Lighthouse’ and ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ one film is true to queer experiences
Queer voices in quarantine
Josh Hitchens examines ‘The Lighthouse’ and ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ two acclaimed recent films with similar premises of island isolation, but vastly different methods of telling queer stories.