While coronavirus strands us at home, revisiting anime fights the loneliness
Living in the end times—again
In the midst of a pandemic that’s got us on lockdown, how do we handle isolation and anxiety? Kyle V. Hiller considers a series of films that might have the answers.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.