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Jurnee Smollet, Jonathan Majors, and Courtney B. Vance stand front and center in HBO’s new series. (Photo courtesy of HBO.)

I didn’t find reverie in ‘Lovecraft Country,’ but that’s not what I’m looking for

Escapism is not for us

The adaptation of the 2016 novel ‘Lovecraft Country’ tackles racism during the Jim Crow era with science fiction, but it also brings to light problems Black storytellers face today. Kyle V. Hiller considers.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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“I want the Spanish-speaking immigrants in Philly to feel acknowledged,” says ‘To the Polls’ muralist Candy Alexandra González. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Here’s why you aren’t seeing articles about Trump in BSR this election season

Just in case it needs to be said

If we don’t comment on the current White House, what can we comment on? Plenty, as it turns out—and focusing our energy away from the president is the perfect comment in itself. Alaina Johns explains.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Writer Alaina Johns on a 2019 visit to ‘Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’ at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Center City. (Photo courtesy of Alaina Johns.)

In mourning RBG, don’t skip contacting your senators

The dreaded phone call

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, Sept. 18. On Monday, the 21st, Alaina Johns contacted her senators (again). Does it even matter? Yes. Here’s why.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Yoga is a source of rest for Kyle V. Hiller. So is sitting in the sun with his shades. (Photo by Holly Yokley.)

After a two-week hiatus, what have we learned about rest at BSR?

Waking up to the power of rest

Rest is trickier than it seems. How do we get enough? Why do we get enough—or not? What expectations come along with rest? Kyle V. Hiller wants you to take a nap.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Associate editor Kyle V. Hiller meditating by the beach in Puerto Rico in 2017, one of few recent reprieves from the grind (Photo by Holly Yokley.)

Here’s why BSR is taking time off for the first time ever

The great protest rest

BSR is taking its first-ever break, and will post no new articles from August 2 through 16. Editors Kyle V. Hiller and Alaina Johns explain why.
Kyle V. Hiller Alaina Johns

Kyle V. Hillerand Alaina Johns

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Simpson, perhaps in a nod to Hamlet's mother Gertrude, looks regal in a red cloak. (Photo by Lauren Woodard.)

Arts organizations are reopening, but for now, we’re keeping our digital focus

It’s still about accessibility

Four months into the pandemic, here’s an update from editor Alaina Johns about BSR’s approach to a reopening Philadelphia.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Quieter times: the 52nd Street Market-Frankford Line station on a July morning in 2013. (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)

With protests continuing and school on the horizon, whom can we trust?

Can we fight alone?

In the midst of civil unrest, spiking COVID cases, and preemptive reopenings, are we being primed to fend for ourselves? Kyle V. Hiller considers.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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A drive-in summer concert, part of a new series at People’s Light, observes COVID safety guidelines. (Photo by Charles T. Brastow.)

Like it or not, you have a new job in the pandemic

When can you start?

Arts journalists in the pandemic—just like all of us, really—are doing a job we never thought we’d have to do. Can we handle our new responsibilities? Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Phillipa Soo are Alexander and Eliza Hamilton in the original Broadway production. (Photo courtesy of Disney.)

What responsibility does 'Hamilton' have to hip-hop, theater, and the communities they represent?

Who tells your story?

Kyle V. Hiller finally had the chance to watch ‘Hamilton’ when it arrived on Disney+ last week. As the show reaches its widest audience yet, it’s time to consider its roots.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Is this the future of theatergoing in the COVID era? Wilma Globe original seating design by Sara Brown, Misha Kachman, and Matt Saunders. (Image courtesy of the Wilma.)

What does the proposed Wilma Globe say about accessibility in the arts?

Circling the Globe

Last week, the Wilma made a splash with plans for a post-COVID stage, but the local community raised concerns about safety and accessibility. Alaina Johns asks if the pandemic can drive new demands about arts access for all.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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