The Populist


Updike at Rest

John Updike, born and raised in Shillington, PA, was one of America's greatest writers and polymaths, interested in almost everything from faith and baseball, art and sex.

The perks of politics

Let us now praise famous local politicians. Oh, what are we thinking? The problem with, say, City Council is that they make it so very, very hard.

The perks of politics

Let us now praise famous local politicians. Oh, what are we thinking? The problem with, say, City Council is that they make it so very, very hard.

Flipping the Birds

Here's a helpful, holiday tip that won't cost you a cent. It will restore hours to your life and joy to your heart. This Thanksigiving, give up the Birds.

Flipping the Birds

Here's a helpful, holiday tip that won't cost you a cent. It will restore hours to your life and joy to your heart. This Thanksigiving, give up the Birds.

Garden of dispute

With all the problems in the world, and especially in our fair city, you might think that Andrew Rosenberg's garden might not amount to more than a bunch of weeds. But here, you would be wrong.

Garden of dispute

With all the problems in the world, and especially in our fair city, you might think that Andrew Rosenberg's garden might not amount to more than a bunch of weeds. But here, you would be wrong.
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Contemplating the Mayor's Cuts

Ed Rendell jokes that when he was mayor and "the Eagles were in the playoffs, I could've raised the city wage tax and nobody would've cared." This week, with the city euphoric from the World Series, Mayor Nutter did not joke. Instead, faced with a $1 billion deficit in five years, he ruined...

One November Night, Two Great Speeches

A memorable night when both candidates gave terrific speeches.

Make Every Vote Matter

By the time polls opened, there were 170 voters waiting at our local polling location. The neighborhood cafe was bringing coffee to voters. Inspiring. The candidates have spent record amounts of time, money and stars courting Pennsylvania voters. The least we can do is return the favor by...

How to prepare a Halloween Phillies Parade

Serves 1 million! To begin, start with 25 premium players, Grade A talent

Closure Interruptus

Who is to blame for Monday night's baseball debacle: Bud Selig or Rupert Murdoch. Oh, let's just say both.

Green in Council

Politicians are in the popularity business. It's how they get elected, get things done. Freshman City Council members are supposed to be quiet, observant, respectful. Bill Green doesn't play that game.

Be a candidate for veep, win a new wardrobe!

The RNC purchased $150,000 worth of clothes for Sarah Palin in a matter of weeks. Run for veep and win valuable prizes!

Waiting for Daycare

Parents looking for urban daycare centers with the highest accreditation can wait up to two years for their infants to be accepted. The problem is that by that time, their babies are no longer babies.

Oliver Stone's W.

Oliver Stone's new movie, W., has a short title but it may be a case of too much too soon.

The last question of the last debate

So, in the last question of the last debate -- both candidates have cumulatively debated 40 times, a Bblical number that -- education finally came up.

Tonight: Phils or Politics?

So, what do you watch? Baseball or politics?

Whatever happened to Florida?

Remember the Sunshine State? The place that turned the 2000 presidential election into one of history's longest dramas?

Let Us Now Praise

Paul Newman was more than a great movie star. He was a sublime actor, an indelible character and a man of immense charity and purpose.