Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774

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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
There may be some great albums on the way, but the first third of 2007 has been sadly lacking in memorable releases. I've heard some pretty confections that dissolve almost before the last note and plenty of midnight confessionals that are good for wallowing. I've even heard some frighteningly original noise; you must listen to Marnie Stern's "In Advance of...
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Give me that old-time religion, preferably packaged in a new-style suspender-snapping production such as the one on Broadway that gives "Inherit the Wind" a second -- or is it third? -- wind for theatergoers. The scope of the infamous 1925 "Monkey Trial," in which evolution and creationism swung from different branches of judicial and judicious schisms, echoes still some 80...
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Claiming that his reputation has been damaged and that his First Amendment rights were violated, a former art student at Penn State University is suing the institution over the cancellation of his painting exhibit, which depicted anti-Semitism, Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism in Palestinian society. Joshua Stulman, a 24-year-old native of Elkins Park, found himself at the center of controversy last...
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A trolley zipped down West Philadelphia's Mantua Avenue Sunday morning, past dozens of vacant lots, cracked sidewalks and stately, yet somewhat faded, old row homes. Turning a corner, however, the trolley emerged at an entirely different scene: a giant mural splashed with electric blue and deep purple hues, painted into a collage of swirling butterflies, sunny dandelions and gently rolling...
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The tale of a family that stayed together, no matter what
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Back in January, I reviewed a Holocaust book titled Paper Kisses and began with a single sentence: "This is the saddest story I have ever heard." That happens to be the first line of Ford Madox Ford's great novel The Good Soldier , about the devastating effects of love, passion and a terrible deception. The line works perfectly in Ford's...
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