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Kenneth Goldsmith is uniquely unoriginal. Among his published works are Fidget, an account of every movement his body made for 13 hours on Bloomsday, 1997, and Soliloquy, a record of everything he said during one week. He is teaching Uncreative Writing to thieving Penn students this fall; he will teach again next year.
Five years ago, Wharton grad Gregg Spiridellis and his brother Evan founded a tiny little entertainment company called JibJab. Now, four months after the wild success of their animated short, "This Land," they roam the L.A. beaches by day and chill with Jay Leno by night.
Walk West over the bridge on the Walk. Stop in front of Commons. Now look to your right at the quaint little house next to the frat. This is where Jennifer Snead, dart-thrower, dog enthusiast and Kelly Writer's House director, spends her days.
She likes to party. She really likes fried chicken. And she loves you. Anita Whitley has been swiping cards and taking names for 32 years. This week, she sat down with Street to talk about cooking, bopping and her famous yellow glasses.
24 smiling white-robed musicians belting sunny verses and playing instruments like guitars and French horns. It may sound like a gospel choir with orchestral accompaniment, but the Texas-based band is a worldwide secular sensation. The Polyphonic Spree got a song on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack and recently toured with David Bowie. And now the release of their second album, Together We're Heavy, gives vocalist Jennie Kelley one more thing to sing about.
Once a near-popstar, jaded by his brush with "careerist music," Simple Kid is now a one-man act who writes and composes. He has developed a sound all his own, one that's been successful enough in England to have a shot with the American indie crowd.
All-you-can-eat sushi for $20. Sounds too good to be true? I won't lie: Aoi serves up a mean buffet, along with some complicated bills.
On Sunday, the beloved TV series Sesame Street kicked off its 35th anniversary season with Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On. Teaching the preschool basics with wit and warmth, Sesame Street has inspired millions of children, parents, grandparents and second-childhood college students. Carol-Lynn Parente, Senior Producer of the public television enterprise, shared her enthusiasm for a tried-and-true show that continues to change for the better.
Knitting is back. Women who burned their bras in the '70s now join knitting circles; the knitting guidebook Stitch 'N Bitch sells out at Urban Outfitters. For fashion bugs, knitting fiends and feminists alike, Vagabond is the perfect place to be.
Betsy Ross made a statement with original fabric designs. Her spirit lives on a few doors down from her now historical house, in a little shop where women declare their independence from Prada and Vuitton.