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Stop calling essential workers heroes and start actually helping us
The myth of the tireless worker
Michelle Nugent is an essential worker, not a hero. For everyone who wants to thank an essential worker today, she explains who the real heroes could be, if they stepped up.
What happens when bringing up the truth just gets you blocked?
Trashed on Twitter for something I didn’t do
Twenty-one years ago, Roz Warren edited a book called ‘Eat, Drink and Remarry.’ Seven years ago, another author published a novel by the same title. So why did she accuse Roz of theft?
How the pandemic helped me rediscover my lifelong love of dance
Ways to move around the world
The pandemic interrupted almost everything about our lives, but it gave writer Cynthia Via a chance to reconnect with a love for dance that had been there all along.
I’m not writing my ‘King Lear’ in quarantine, and I’m OK with that
A hiatus from the hustle
Kelly Conrad always used to say she was busy, and thought that meant she was growing. But the pandemic forced her to revisit her tumultuous relationship with productivity.
The man in the yellow van
Who belongs at the library?
Patrons at a suburban library complained to the staff about who was allowed in the door. Librarian Roz Warren always had the same answer.
More music and words become art: Another top 10 from composer Kile Smith
What I’ve learned from classical lyric settings
Composer Kile Smith offered his top-10 list of pop songs that mixed music and words into pure art. Now he’s back for another round, this time with icons of classical music.
What happened to ‘Nutcracker’ in the year of COVID?
Why should we tune in to ‘The Nutcracker’ in 2020?
What is the state of ‘The Nutcracker’—beloved holiday tradition and the dance-company equivalent of retail’s Black Friday—in 2020? Melissa Strong considers.
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What can ‘Palm Springs’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ teach us about surviving the sameness of pandemic life?
Riding the stay-home wave
It was easier to keep spirits up at the start of the pandemic shutdown, when we thought the disruption would be short. Nine months later, Michelle Chikaonda finds unexpected help in two movies about time loops.
Fighting the model minority myth: Why I talk social justice with my immigrant family
Your voice makes a difference at home
When your family lives with its own complicated experience of oppression, assimilation, and success, talking about racial justice can be especially challenging. But for Christina Anthony, it’s worth it.
Goodbye to Riverview, Philadelphia's movie theater for everyone
It isn't just the screens
Like the city itself, the Riverview movie theater in South Philly was far from perfect. But it formed lasting memories for generations of Philadelphian moviegoers from all walks of life. Stephen Silver remembers.