Local doesn't scale, been true for a while now but not so in the historical sense. Frank Gannett, Walter Annenberg, and William Randolph Hearst would all have contended otherwise. Have you ever wondered whether Jeff Bezos might want the same? Read more
This was not just a history of the few acres underneath the old train shack. The Reading Terminal Market represents the culmination of Philadelphia’s early market era, a relic of a time when the city throbbed with the full range of human salesmanship.
Situated at first on High Street, named such for the pavers lining the middle to create a surface for travel and commerce, the Philadelphia markets would spread towards the west and south, at times a public nuisance, at others a central gathering point.
Food grounds us & it brings us together, and there’s no place that’s more true than the Reading Terminal Market. If you live in Philly, read this book!
This book should be required reading for American high school students.
I learned so much about cancer, and Siddhartha Mukherjee conveys the epic nature of our struggle against this ancient disease, but without traipsing into exaggeration, melodrama, or spiritualness that can undermine other such battle cries. No, The Emperor of All Maladies presents the facts in the brutal and unrelenting manner of cancer itself – it is increasingly likely you will die from cancer, and we are closer to a miracle cure today only because we have gone done so many false alleys in decades previous.
For instance, the shock and awe style treatment of radical mastectomies and near-fatal chemotherapy, which was embedded in medical culture for many years until some brave clinicians began experimenting with more graduated approaches.
The book points at the clinical solution (therapies designed for specific variants of cancer) but not the political or cultural one. More work to be done, but I wish I had read this sooner!
Tourists to Philadelphia have a new "must see" stop: The just-opened Museum of the American Revolution located in Old City, Philadelphia. The museum's greatest artifact by far is George Washington's tent. Read more
Walking past pyramids of old,
A gee-tar dances on a grave
And I wonder about the city’s soul.
What once was old now is new,
Cleaned and shined up bright.
But underneath these tracks eschewed,
Still lies the same old night.