The Philadelphia Reader

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Do you love Philadelphia? Do you love good writing? Well, this is the book for you. It's about the people of Philadelphia-the good, the fine, and the imperfect. Yes, the sports heroes are here-Mike Schmidt, Julius ("Dr. J.") Erving. And the politicians-Ed Rendell, John Street. And the moguls-Brian Roberts, Comcast honcho. And the would-be moguls-Mark Yagalla, world-class embezzler. And so many more, including-writing in their own words-Terry Gross, Patti LaBelle, W. Wilson Goode, Sr., Judy Wicks, Judith Rodin, and Smarty Jones (proving that this horse is no one-trick pony). And so many more-25 of them in all. The people-and the horse-who have meant something to this city during the last 20 years. Ripped from the pages of Philadelphia magazine (well, OK, carefully removed and lovingly pasted into this book), here are profiles of the people who made an era.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592134618
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,522,045
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 1988 to 1994 2
Mrs. Nose builds her dream closet (Sandra Newman) 3
The transmogrification of Arlen Specter 19
Presumed innocent (Mumia Abu-Jamal) 31
My Philadelphia story : W. Wilson Goode, Sr 43
Bobby Simone's last 1,000 martinis 45
"How many Ed Rendells are there?" 62
Pt. 2 1995 to 1999 80
End of the line (Robert Montgomery Scott) 81
The unloved (Mike Schmidt) 90
A proper distance (Anne d'Harnoncourt) 99
My Philadelphia story : Judy Wicks 108
Roberts rules (Brian Roberts) 110
Murder, he sculpted (Frank Bender) 119
Who's afraid of Richard Glanton? 127
My Philadelphia story : Judith Rodin 142
The trouble with Harry (Harry Jay Katz) 144
Richard Sprague knows everything 161
Shut up, you wimps, and pull (Mike Teti) 171
My Philadelphia story : Terry Gross 181
Pt. 3 2000 to 2004 184
Second coming (Mayor John Street) 185
Night moves (M. Night Shyamalan) 194
Vernon the barbarian (Vernon Hill) 203
My Philadelphia story : Smarty Jones 212
The prodigy and the playmate (Mark Yagalla) 214
Soul reviver (Kenny Gamble) 228
Julius Erving doesn't want to be a hero anymore 238
My Philadelphia story : Patti LaBelle 250
Boo-boos in paradise (David Brooks) 252
Did Dr. Norwood go too far? (Dr. William Norwood) 259
Would you throw your bra at this kid? (Lang Lang) 272
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