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This weekend — the Phillies or ‘The Loser’

From the late Austrian Thomas Bernhard’s novel The Loser, in which a fictional version of Glenn Gould has studied piano with two would-be virtuosos, Wertheimer and the narrator, who have both quit playing because they were psychologically damaged by the … Continue reading

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(Nearly) fatal distraction

How can a poor man stand such teams and live? “These days people want beer with their circuses, not bread.” – A contemporary South Philly descendant of the ancient Roman satirist Juvenal. The beer flowed Wednesday night but the circus, … Continue reading

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Take away my rights, not my toys

Why FDR’s words wouldn’t resonate today “No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order.” In 1934, FDR’s … Continue reading

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Fashion-conscious thugs prefer the Bronx Bombers

But you don’t have to be a hood to love corporate logos From the Sept. 15 New York Times: A curious phenomenon has emerged at the intersection of fashion, sports and crime: dozens of men and women who have robbed, … Continue reading

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Ten signs you’ve slipped into the underclass

Here’s how to tell you’ve hit bottom Make a list that traces your downward mobility. This is the opposite of what you’d do if you were reading “Six signs that you’ve made it to the middle class,” a recent article … Continue reading

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