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Your home workplace is your kingdom. Here's where the editing of BSR goes down. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)
Your home workplace is your kingdom. Here's where the editing of BSR goes down. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Seven hot tips from the editors for working at home in the COVID-19 crisis

No commute? No problem

Did you know that BSR’s team has always worked remotely? If shifting to work-from-home mode for a while (or keeping yourself occupied with a home-based project) feels overwhelming, editors Alaina Johns and Kyle V. Hiller have advice.
Alaina Johns Kyle V. Hiller

Alaina Johnsand Kyle V. Hiller

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Here's where the sanitizers used to be at Target. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)
Here's where the sanitizers used to be at Target. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Considering coronavirus in Philly

Tips for this month’s apocalypse

As of March 10, 2020, Philly is watching cases of COVID-19 confirmed closer and closer to home. Meanwhile, racism against Asian people rises here and abroad. Alaina Johns washed her hands before writing.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Why oh why? Just kidding, I know why. (Meme spotted on Twitter via user @MattTheBrand.)
Why oh why? Just kidding, I know why. (Meme spotted on Twitter via user @MattTheBrand.)

An editor’s public-relations tips for emerging independent artists

Here’s how to be one in a hundred

The arts calendar used to confine its self-producing frenzy to the Fringe—but now independent artists, and their questionable PR practices, are a year-round event. Alaina Johns has tips to make everyone’s lives easier.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Here I am, mentoring aspiring writers in the wild: a session with journalism majors at Temple University. (Photo by Howard Shapiro.)
Here I am, mentoring aspiring writers in the wild: a session with journalism majors at Temple University. (Photo by Howard Shapiro.)

The real cost of picking my brain—for both of us

What’s a writer worth?

“I would love to pick your brain!” Yes, I’ve heard it before, many times, and you probably have, too. But what happens when we talk about the price, and why is this especially tough ground for creative professionals? Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Words written and spoken offer unexpected healing. (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)
Words written and spoken offer unexpected healing. (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)

How ‘I Have a Dream’ taught me never to apologize for the words I need to speak

Speaking of healing

For the first time in 15 years, Kyle V. Hiller shared some of his own spoken word—and as we observe MLK Day 2020, the timing couldn’t be better to think about the words we choose, write, and speak.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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The holidays are over, but there's more to do than count the days till spring. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)
The holidays are over, but there's more to do than count the days till spring. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Five easy post-holiday tips for surviving winter 2020

We'll get through this together

The weather is dreary, the parties are done, and your social-media feeds are full of people fixated on dieting for the new year. How will you get through? Alaina Johns shares her tips.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Is 2020 the year I stop being so sensitive?

One year in the editor’s chair

Is the BSR team going to take their chance in 2020 to stop being so easily offended? Finally, an answer.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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BSR does not endorse this language. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)
BSR does not endorse this language. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Philadelphia Weekly insults writers, readers, and people with mental illness

The debauched future of Philly journalism?

A venerable alt-weekly announces a new direction in painfully offensive terms. Philadelphia deserves better. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Representation is changing, right down to our socks. What do we do now? (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)
Representation is changing, right down to our socks. What do we do now? (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)

At year's end, we face reality: what comes next is our choice. Buckle up.

Responsibility is a practice

Representation is changing, and especially after recent elections, Philly is alive with new possibilities. With 2020 looming, what are our responsibilities? Kyle V. Hiller considers.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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I made this. Will it cure me? (Photo by Alaina Johns.)
I made this. Will it cure me? (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Stop it with the vitamin C, and other things my cold taught me

All hail the rhinovirus

Ah yes! Darkness, freezing weather; the long, dreary tunnel of winter looming after the holidays—and the cold I just caught. Alaina Johns whines.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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