FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE WHO SEE

This week’s arts and culture column in The Tidings is a review of a book by an author I’ve long followed: Rosemary Mahoney goes where others fear to tread. Her first book, A Likely Story: One Summer with Lillian Hellman, chronicled her summer on Martha’s Vineyard as a live-in housekeeper for the prickly playwright. For […]

THE MÜTTER MUSEUM: THE THIN LINE BETWEEN PASSION AND PATHOLOGY

I’m spellbound by the Incarnation: by our fragile, mortal bodies; by the thought of what happens to us after we die. So in Philadelphia recently, the first place I hit was the Mütter Museum. “In 1856,” reads the brochure, “Thomas Dent Mütter (1811-1859), a professor of surgery retiring from Jefferson Medical College, offered his personal […]