SEPTA says it may shutter local rail line in 2015

As part of a proposed “Service Realignment Plan” released several weeks ago by Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials, service on the Media/Elwyn regional rail line, which provides service between Elwyn and Center City Philadelphia and serves Swarthmore, would be suspended indefinitely in

A Writer’s Odyssey: Jonathan Franzen

At one point during his January 22 lecture “Becoming Jonathan Franzen: A Writer’s Odyssey,” English professor Phil Weinstein launched into a vigorous dramatic reading of a great passage from Franzen’s essay “Two Ponies,” a transcription of an argument between Franzen’s two very

Life of Pi: The (Other) Boy Who Lived

About halfway through Ang Lee’s extraordinary 2001 movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, just as the pace is quickening and the plot is intensifying, we suddenly find ourselves in an empty desert. This is a flashback, but we do not yet know this.