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A new anthology by Philly writer Ann de Forest explores how we walk, and where, and
why that experience means such different things for different bodies. Anndee Hochman reviews.
We know how the story of Germantown High School ended, but how did it begin? A new book explains, and highlights the fault lines that remain in our schools today. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Jim Bear, a hardworking advocate for the power of accessible local media, passed away in March. His G-Town radio colleagues speak with Anndee Hochman about his legacy.
POOL: A Social History of Segregation, an exhibit at the Fairmount Water Works, opens this week after having been delayed by flooding from Hurricane Ida. Anndee Hochman previews.
Anndee Hochman’s Walk Around Philadelphia began as a refuge from the first year of the
pandemic, but as her route continued into 2022, she remembered that living in Philly is a lifetime of…
Writer Anndee Hochman makes space for poetry at a New Jersey school of technology, where students prepare for a national contest, and appreciate the masks they’re tired of wearing.
The new director of public art in the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy wants more public art in the city to reflect more identities. Anndee Hochman profiles.
Anndee Hochman considers her decades-long journey of finding what it means to play, integrating play into life, and the life lessons learned from a year of "fun" prompts from friends.
For the 50th anniversary of its graphic arts collection, the Library Company looks beyond the images themselves to highlight what is missing—and why. Anndee Hochman reviews.
A volunteer stint repairing a Germantown row house reprises Anndee Hochman’s teenage impulse to wield a hammer in lieu of words, and reminds her that all tools can both create and destroy.
Over the course of almost 30 years, some things change and some don’t—and Anndee Hochman, from writing to bartending and back again, learns that personal reinventions don’t have to sha…
Poet Elaina Terranova has more in common with her father than she knew. ‘The Diamond Cutter’s Daughter’ explores power, fear, and longing in a Philadelphia Orthodox Jewish family. Annd…
It’s hard enough to navigate our identities IRL. What happens when we’re reduced to a Zoom box or other distanced communication? Anndee Hochman considers.
How have we weathered the last year? Let us count the ways. Births. Zooms. Funerals. The hugs we missed. Anndee Hochman is still realizing that anything can happen.
A new poetry collection from Hayden Saunier weaves Pennsylvania’s natural world with its mini-marts and hotels, exploring possibility, loss, compound perspectives, and calls to customer se…
Plan and lead a family bat mitzvah in four days? Anndee Hochman is a writer, not a rabbi, but something about the COVID-19 pandemic made her say yes to her cousin's request.
While braiding and baking the Friday challah, Anndee Hochman imagines her great-grandmother’s journey from Russia. What did she carry with her? Are those things alive today?
Before a virus turned the world upside down, Anndee Hochman was a familiar figure to her neighbors, walking Germantown Avenue. What has changed? What is perennial, even in a pandemic?
Stephen King wrote ‘The Stand’ and Camus wrote ‘The Plague.’ They’re not the first or the last to mine rampant sickness for human meaning. Anndee Hochman wonders how our storytelle…
What were you doing in mid-March, when the realization that this pandemic was going to derail the world hit you? Was it like other moments before disaster struck? Anndee Hochman considers.
“We’re not closing,” a local K-5 principal told teaching writer-in-residence Anndee Hochman. But things changed more quickly than anyone could believe.
News of a fatal stabbing in Morningside Park rocked Anndee Hochman’s family—her own daughter is a classmate of the victim. How do parents and their children cope with the nightmare of vi…
Theater of Witness filmed a performance of their testimonial performance work 'Walk in My Shoes,' and the exploration of racism and violence proved a revelation. Anndee Hochman reviews.
When Anndee Hochman found herself looking for inspiration, she turned to poetry and plays to get her going. It worked.
It's summer Shakespeare season, and Anndee Hochman asks why we keep turning to the bard. She also thinks she knows the answer.