MAILBAG: The Kids Are All Right

14 Responses to “TEACHER’S PET: Today I Saw The Future” Alexandra Says: October 23rd, 2007 at 3:02 pm e thanks for your words of wisdom today. they brought a nice change of pace, and certainly woke a few of us up from our in-class dozings. now i don’t feel so left out for not majoring in journalism. [Glad to hear it, Alexandra. –The Ed.] deeney Says: October 23rd, 2007 at 4:23 pm e Since when do college kids go to class on 81 degree late-October days? Doesn’t anyone do drugs any more? Abby Says: October 23rd, 2007 at 4:26 pm […]

MY MOTORCYCLE DIARY: Jesus, The Leper & St. Kurt

BY JONATHAN VALANIA For the record, I am home safe and sound from my journey through the high plains of the Andes. For some that will be good news, for others, less so (you fall into this latter category if you have ever uttered the words ‘If he writes one more word about being in that mother#$%& Wilco movie, I’ll murdelize him’ — you know who you are.) Anyway, it’s good to be back in the USA — you don’t realize how good we have it until you leave it. I am of course, referring to America’s superior Wi-Fi and […]

My Motorcycle Diary: Tea And Sympathy For The Devil

Keith Richards and Andrew Loog Oldham at the Blue Boar Motorway Cafe, along the M1 between London and Birmingham, 1963. By Philip Townsend; never before published. BY JONATHAN VALANIA SOUTH AMERICA CORRESPONDENT BOGOTA, COLOMBIA — Today I saw Andrew Loog Oldham standing in his kitchen making me a lovely cup of tea, high above the streets of Bogota’s ritzy financial district in his tastefully upscale bi-level condominium, where he has lived on and off since 1975. If you have to ask who Andrew Loog Oldham is, you’ll never know — unless you click here, go on, we’ll wait. Psych! OK, […]

THE TAO OF EVA: The Motorcycle Diaries

  BY EVA LIAO TAIPEI — Today I saw a pretty young high school girl run down by a motorcyclist as she tried to cross the street. The girl wasn’t paying much attention, but then, neither was the guy on the bike. She put her black knee-high-clad foot into the road just as the speedster turned the corner, right into her side. The girl went down, her blue pleated uniform skirt went up and her tote skidded across the asphalt, spewing an impressive load of school books. The culprit wore a surgical mask over his face — one of those […]


  “Today I saw…” is a series of nonfiction shorts based on my experiences as a caseworker serving formerly homeless families now living in North and West Philadelphia. I decided not long after starting the job that I was seeing so many fascinating and disturbing things in the city’s poorest neighborhoods that I needed to start cataloging them. I hope this bi-weekly column serves as a record of a side of the city that many Philadelphians don’t come in contact with on a daily basis. I want to capture moments not frequently covered by the local media, which tends to […]