Book ban fad returns – Philadelphia Weekly

So far in the young year of 2022, we’ve talked about hating the Eagles (but not its QB) and Flyers for their losses, the Double Ks – Kenney & Krasner – for their hatred of public safety, restaurants locals and Philly’s. The Italian population and the ins and outs of Will Smith turning his comic former Fresh Prince into something serious and dark.

book ban

You know what we haven’t mentioned that might be even more crucial than all of the above? Book banning, a mean and oddly dated trend not only local, but even more worrying for its national (nationalist) spread. From YA authors to works on social justice and black, brown, and LGBTQ issues, if it doesn’t sit well with a bigoted island community of principals and teachers — I’m looking at you, Central York School District — it’s pulled off the shelves.

Of course, it all boils down to the rift between left, right, and the goals of canceling culturalists everywhere. John L. Jackson, dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, told WPG-AM Talk Radio that book bans are “a microcosm of the political divisions in the country…No matter what the books and what they contain. It’s all about the readers… the people who organize our contemporary political discourse. Thanks, teacher. There are many things wrong: allowing shoplifters to destroy local businesses such as Wawa because the police are not allowed to step in and arrest them or the way Tastykake managed to kidnap the buttery flavor of his chocolate frosting for his Juniors.

However, banning books, free speech and the vision of free learning are never acceptable. Fuck you, York, Pennsylvania. I’ve been to your auctions and eaten your fake Amish meals. It won’t hold. Not from York, and certainly not from Philadelphia if one of his school board darlings has any bright ideas.

Joseph Fox

Speaking of the printed word (stay awake for that, you clowns), when I was a kid, and you (OK, me, you didn’t read. Be honest.) wanted a rare and unusual book, either you went to the Middle Earth Books on Pine Street, one of two Robin’s on Chestnut or 13th Street, the original Wooden Shoe on 20th near where Jose Garces’ Village Whiskey is now, and Joseph Fox Bookshop on Sansom Street. Joseph Fox’s aisles were very narrow, its ceilings low, and its lighting bright, but not so you, the consumer, would look healthy. Instead, you had the glow of that bookworm, that empty, muted glow and it was joy: losing yourself in book after book, from Keats to Kerouac, from Man Ray’s oversized eccentric photo tomes to lined with Charlie Plymel. Joseph Fox had it or could get it (I remember my dad ordering and bringing me two UK only Monty Python books he got from Joseph Fox. Thanks Alfonso.). Well, Joseph Fox is closing on January 29, probably partly because of that fucking Covid, and probably partly because of that fucking Amazon. The Fox will be missed.

Room without oats

Temple U. graduate, bologna-in-Lebanon enthusiast, and Pottstown, Pa. native Daryl Hall releases his first-ever compilation of old solo stuff/non-John Oates-related material on April 1 (not fooled) with “BeforeAfter,” a bundle which arrives on the same day that Hall will begin his first solo tour, this time with Upper Darby’s Todd Rundgren as special guest. And yes, the Hall & Rundgren couple (no, it doesn’t go off the tongue like Hall & Oates, but the tour lasts like a week, so do it) will appear at home at the Met Philadelphia on April 9.

The Geator

Let’s stick with the music of Philadelphia for a moment: Last week’s local cover icon Jerry Blavat hosted his packed, masked party at the Kimmel Center on Saturday night with fellow South Philadelphia bandmate Frankie Avalon, The Tymes, Darlene Love , Little Anthony and Sequel. You understand. Understood. Good. During a stage timeout, The Geator with the Heater stopped the show to shout out to WMMR DJs Pierre Robert and Jacky Bam Bam (or, as The Boss with the Hot Sauce called it, “Bam Bam Bam a Lam Bam “), praise them for their perseverance when it comes to maintaining the spirit of rock against all odds (Jacky just hosted a Jackie Wilson song party the other night between the sound tiles of Metallica tracks and Green Day), then called the two DJs “the future of Philadelphia radio” before calling themselves “the past”. Stuff that warms the heart, that.

West Chester. It’s not just the home of all things “Jackass” anymore. Justin Weathers and Executive Chef Joseph Monnich open the spaghetti western-sounding Good, Bad and Ugly as a casual restaurant, cocktail bar and craft beer lounge – Stove and Co. Restaurant Group’s first-ever bar, and a design dive to this . Check out the GBU action at 158 ​​West Gay Street this weekend.

Masked Philadelphia: Nantambu Chavis

In Icepack’s far too long, far too complex and continuing saga of asking local celebrities wearing face masks what they did, beyond looking pale, during C-19 – from lockdown to current reopening , presents- unmasking and remasking the day, worrying about Delta variants, freaking out about Fauci’s call for a potential third round of vax hits just five months after the last, new mask and map warrants vax, ignored or not ignored (I mean why am I standing in line at the Convention Center if you don’t ask to see my card?), the ability to mix and match vaccines, which is weird, AND NOW YEAH SURE , the whole world B.1.1.529 Omicron afraid of the variant, so welcome to the THIRD ROUND, I contacted this week, in Nantambu Chavis.

Picture | Nantambu Chavis

Icepack fans will remember Chavis for his mention before the fact when he got the gig as executive chef of the recently reconfigured private club Pen & Pencil on Latimer Street. Now run by Raphael Tiberino and led by Bobbi L. Booker, P&P is looking for a new vibe. And it starts with a cool new kitchen.

What Chef Chavis did before P&P, but after the pandemic began, tied into his culinary regimen, but in a different, more communal way: he created and implemented healthy meal programs for his neighbors of West Philly.

“It started with a friend who was sick – not sick with Covid – who needed help with his daily routine when he came home from hospital. Mainly with food. I started cooking for him and developed a healthier meal plan taking into account his medical requirements and dietary restrictions,” Chavis said. “Portioning and packaging also played an important role. When other friends and neighbors heard about this, my diet crashed and I ended up doing it regularly for several people. With so many people stuck at home, inactive, I think it’s been a real benefit for them. Plus, it sparked another culinary interest in me – a different way of doing what I usually do.

Well done.

The mask and vax? Chavis is down with both.

“The mask is utilitarian, necessary, and I order a bunch of them. I’m all for stopping the flow of this and any variant of Covid – I don’t usually take a firm stance on what people should and shouldn’t shouldn’t do their bodies, but the evidence, the science, is there to mask and vax to slow the spread,” he said. “Seeing the locals go beyond the mandate — say, Dirty Franks where they’re protected from their regulars and the regulars are protected from them – I get it. Everyone’s for the good. I don’t want people to believe that their rights are being trampled on, but… being part of civilization isn’t just a right. It’s a privilege. It’s like the old saloon sign, ‘No shoes. No shirt. No service.’ Now we just have to add “No Mask.” No vax’ to this sign.

Well put.

As for P&P, Chavis is not only sprucing up the menu to include fine dining-worthy items and extending the spaces’ dining hours, but is adding events such as a regularly scheduled monthly “Supper Club” and others. more social encounters. events for its members, guests and “like-minded people”, to strengthen and reinforce the idea of ​​community.

Chavis is also pushing the general population to understand that the Pen & Pencil is not just a late night hangout, but also an early evening dining and dining spot. “I am now part of Philly’s restaurant, bar and community history,” Chavis said. “I want to help this club transition into its next 150 years. Raphael and I have a lot of plans, and their implementation of those plans is what drives us. Make your plan. Work your plan.


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Angela C. Hale