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Dear (John) Produce Guy

Dear (John) Produce Guy

Dear Produce Guy, Let me be frank: the thrill is gone from our relationship. Recently, I’ve lost the urge to harass you about the strawberry harvest. When I went to the market on Saturday, I didn’t even stop by your stand. After the years we’ve been together, I think you deserve an explanation. The truth […]

Ice cream wars

Ice cream wars

Normally I don’t get political, but people have a right to know the truth. The ice cream wars are heating up in Philadelphia. Early last night, a non-Mr. Softee ice cream truck started cruising around the neighborhood. And I use the phrase ice cream truck liberally–it was actually a plain, white-and-bondo van with a Spiderman […]

Passover leftovers

Passover leftovers

The project team here in the soulless New Jersey office park is pretty diverse when it comes to religion. Our small group comprises an agnostic, a Hindu, a Jew, a few Christians, and a Muslim (Buddhists, please forward your resumés). Naturally, we’re always in the middle of someone’s holiday; the most recent was Passover, when […]

The Great Cheesesteak Debate

The Great Cheesesteak Debate

Almost forgot to mention The Great Cheesesteak Debate, a last-minute short addition to the Philadelphia Film Festival. Scott Vosbury’s mini-documentary, shown before Super Size Me, examines one of the most pressing questions in our fair city: who makes the best cheesesteaks? And good news–you can view the film online. Don’t miss the late-night interviews with […]

Super Size Me

Super Size Me

Because someone asked, here’s the scoop on Super Size Me, which showed yesterday at the Philadelphia Film Festival. It was a sellout! Super Size Me is a documentary about the health effects of a fast food diet. Inspired by a 2002 lawsuit against several fast food chains, Morgan Spurlock decided to find out what would […]