Playboy’s Hugh Hefner, pro and con
The verdict on Hugh Hefner
Right about now, Hugh Hefner should be pleading his case for admission to Heaven. It should be an interesting conversation. Dan Rottenberg considers.
From W.C. Fields to Amazon.com
Not since the late 1940s has so much civic firepower been mustered toward a single goal. But this time, even outsiders are touting Philadelphia as the best site for Amazon's second headquarters. What on earth is going on?
Trump's mental condition
Understanding Trump (a follow-up)
Does Donald Trump suffer from a mental illness, as I suggested in January, or is he just plain nasty? The experts may disagree, but Trump’s behavior is predictable.
Rizzo: The man and the statue
Frank Rizzo and the benefits of adversity
That controversial statue of Philadelphia’s bombastic late mayor, Frank Rizzo, does indeed serve a useful purpose. It’s just not the purpose his devotees have in mind. Dan Rottenberg considers.
Family-Friendly Philly Fringe Festival 2017
Fringing with the family
Got kids? I've compiled the Philadelphia Fringe Festival lineup for you. From dance to magic to dogs, there's no need to skip a year just because you're encumbered! The benefits of long-term Fringe-going are well proven among my own almost-grown children.
Donald Trump’s friends
People who need people, or: The company he keeps
Donald Trump claims hundreds — thousands? — of friendships that transcend racial, religious, class, and national boundaries. But who are his friends, really? The results of my admittedly unscientific survey follow.
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Trump’s family: Bad blood?
The myth of "good" and "bad" families
New York Times columnist David Brooks muddied a legitimate issue by perpetuating a popular but fallacious myth: the notion that whole families can be classified as “good” or “bad.”
Donald Trump’s tit-for-tat philosophy
An eye for an eye: Trump meets Hammurabi
In the great march of civilization, Donald Trump and his defenders seem unaware that there is more than one way to handle adversity.
WHYY’s Bill Marrazzo problem
The missing ingredient at WHYY
If you’re looking for balanced budgets, Bill Marrazzo of WHYY is your man. But if you’re looking for a quality alternative to commercial broadcasting, you'd best look elsewhere. Dan Rottenberg considers.
Donald Trump, Captain Queeg, and paranoia
Trump vs. Queeg: One slight difference
Before we get too carried away with comparisons of President Trump to the fictitious Captain Queeg, please permit me this quibble: Any such analogy is an insult to Queeg.