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Jonathan Valania is an award-winning journalist living in Philadelphia. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Village Voice, Philadelphia Inquirer, MAGNET and Philadelphia Magazine. He is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of Phawker.com, which has drawn more than three million unique visitors with its raucous blend of eye-grabbing photography, high-profile interviews, fearless political commentary, and bare knuckles music/movie/books/arts/media criticism. Plus the usual sex, drugs and rock n' roll.

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L.A. Times Disowns Reporter Outed as a CIA Collaborator

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 10:53 AM

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Recently released emails indicate that prominent national security reporter Ken Dilanian -- formerly with the Los Angeles Times, currently with the Associated Press (and from 1997-2007 the Philadelphia Inquirer) -- shared stories prior to publication with CIA press office seeking their...

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Welcome To The Hotel Andersonia

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 12:32 PM

There are, I am increasingly convinced, but two kinds of people in this world: people who hate Wes Anderson films and human beings. Before we go further I should make it clear that I...

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Welcome to the Hotel Andersonia

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 1:48 PM

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014, directed by Wes Anderson, 99 minutes, USA)

There are, I am increasingly convinced, but two kinds of people in this world: People who hate Wes Anderson films...

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Ode to Shirley Temple

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 3:27 PM

I am no doubt dating myself here, but when I was a wee lad there were two things on television on the rainy day Saturday afternoons of the early 1970s: Wonderfully cheesy horror movies starring either Dracula, Frankenstein or the Wolfman (and sometimes all three), and wonderfully sentimental Shirley Temple...

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Being There: The Gospel According To Neutral Milk Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 9:25 AM

In 1998, Neutral Milk Hotel released an album of hallucinatory folk-rock called In The Aeroplane Over The Sea that is, it can be said without fear of exaggeration, nothing short of a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. Like My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, it is lightning caught in a bottle, one...

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The Mouth That Roared: Q&A With Comedian Bill Burr, The Man Who Told Philadelphia To Go F*ck Itself, Hard, And Lived To Tell

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 3:16 PM


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WARNING: Strong language & adult situations

It was a day that would live in infamy. September 9th, 2006, was...

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Top 10 Things I Learned Seeing Brian Wilson at the Beacon Theater on Tuesday

(4) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 1:11 PM

1. Don't tell anyone, but I always cry. His music -- Pet Sounds in particular -- is just so ineffably sad and beautiful. His life is so sad and tragic, albeit with a reasonably happy ending. I've seen him perform live nearly a dozen times. Whenever the opportunity arises I...

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The Corporations Have Won: Comcast, SCOTUS and the End of Class Actions

(33) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 12:34 PM

On the morning of March 27th, the corporations finally won their war on the people. A little after 10 a.m., before hearing oral arguments on a same-sex marriage lawsuit that burned up all the media oxygen that day, Justice Antonin Scalia announced that the Supreme Court was throwing...

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Crowdsourcing the Truth: How I Almost Became Part of the Problem With Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 6:19 PM

Like many of you, I was wide awake in the wee hours of Friday morning following the jaw-dropping events in Boston to the best of Twitter's ability. Between midnight and sunrise, it was a foregone conclusion on Twitter that the Boston Marathon bombing suspect in the White Hat (who remains...

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O Brother Who Art Thou? A Q&A With Actor/Writer/Director Tim Blake Nelson

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 4:12 PM

 

If you are scratching your head and asking 'Who the hell is Tim Blake Nelson?', the long answer is you already know his work and the short answer is: He's the guy in O Brother Where...

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The Miraculous Acquittal of Lt. Josey

(7) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 1:10 PM

My cousin is married to a cop who works for a department out in the Philadelphia suburbs. He's a rock solid, salt of the earth kind of guy -- straight out of central casting for a Scorsese cop flick: Irish, Catholic, served in Afghanistan. In other words, he don't a...

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Ed Rendell Is Not Really a Democrat, He Just Plays One on TV

(22) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 11:21 AM

Like pretty much everybody not named Tom Corbett, I like Ed Rendell. A lot. How could you not? He's big, hairy, loud, part grizzly, part cheesesteak, publicly questions the testicular fortitude of entire nations, brought the city of Philadelphia back from the brink of death, etc.

Plus, he's a...

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The Man Who Would Get Pennsyltucky High: A Conversation With Daylin Leach

(6) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 10:22 AM

Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) remains one of the most stalwart proponents of progressive politics in Harrisburg, which, given that the Republicans control both legislative houses and the governorship, is a little like being a proponent of cats in a dog pound. Nonetheless, this too shall pass and he...

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Dick Yuengling: Tax Deadbeat or Atlas Shrugging?

(34) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 2:25 PM

There was a time back in the '90s that a portion of my nightly prayers were dedicated to asking God to make Dick Yuengling adopt me.* Such was the depth of my devotion to Yuengling lager back in the day. It was church and everything else was just beer. It...

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The Bug Man Cometh: A Teachable Moment of Senseless Violence

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 4:56 PM

Shortly before noon last Monday, Melissa Ketunuti, a 35-year-old Children's Hospital pediatrician and research scientist, was beaten, bound, choked to death and then set aflame in the basement of her own house on a tony block of Center City Philadelphia. The gruesome brutality of the murder, the sheer...

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Louis C.K Is a Prophet for the Age of Lessness

(16) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 1:09 PM

Louis C. K. is like the honey badger: He just doesn't give a sh*t.

"Everyone wants to be young forever but I actually like getting older," C.K. said last week when he kicked off another national tour with a sold-out three-night run at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia. "When you're...

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How to Disarm the NRA: All You Need Is Love & $311 Million

(10) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 6:19 PM

It is a sad testament to the depth of our national indifference that it took the massacre of 20 six-year-olds in their first-grade classroom to finally trigger a united and sustained public outcry for an end to the madness. After 62 mass shootings and counting since 1982, we have, it...

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A Roll Call of the 10 Biggest Hypocrites to Vote Against Sandy Relief

(101) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 5:23 PM

As you may have heard, on Friday the House of Representatives finally, a full two months after the fact, voted to greenlight nearly $10 billion in relief funds for victims of Superstorm Sandy. (Note that Katrina funds were approved 10 days after the fact.) More specifically, the House voted to...

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