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Putting on Disney+ with the kids just isn’t the same as heading to the movie theater. (Photo by Stephen Silver.)

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.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

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An invitation to re-explore the joys and pains of junior high: Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine in ‘PEN15.’ (Image courtesy of Hulu.)

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.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

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The time had come to rethink the galleries: Jennifer Thompson, the Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture and curator of the John G. Johnson Collection. (Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell, courtesy of the PMA.)

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.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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Noticing is more than looking. (Image courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf.)

‘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.’
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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M. Téllez’s collection features a distinctly Philly feel. (Image courtesy of DHD Heavy Industries.)

‘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.
Corey Qureshi

Corey Qureshi

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Could a better world really lie in a pill? (Image courtesy of Soft Skull Press.)

‘Oval’ by Elvia Wilk

A better pill

How should we make the world a better place? Elvia Wilk’s novel ‘Oval’ explores the pitfalls of philanthropy in present-day Berlin. Elisa Shoenberger reviews.
Elisa Shoenberger

Elisa Shoenberger

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Kenya Barris made a bold move casting himself, with no prior acting credits. (Image courtesy of Netflix.)

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.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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A book for Black women? (Image via Viking.)

‘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.
Lindsay Gary

Lindsay Gary

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This silk lamé evening gown by Elsa Schiaparelli is from the late 1930s. (Photo by Michael Shepherd for FHCC.)

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?
Helen Walsh

Helen Walsh

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Feeling seen: Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant in ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire.’ (Image courtesy of NEON.)

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.
Josh Hitchens

Josh Hitchens

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