strange days

As I’ve been mentioning for a couple weeks, today marks the 31st anniversary of Arnold Toynbee’s molecules turning dead in anticipation of their future reassembly on the gigantic Planet of Jupiter! It’s also the 10th anniversary of the self-inflicted immolation of West Philly legend (?) Kathy Change.  [Go to an event today] October 18th marked […]

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Synchronicity

I’m a huge fan of synchronicity. (Here’s a link to a wacky new age definition of the idea.) Another, more common synch is Pink Floyd and the Wizard of Oz, which is a decent example of a movie synch. Basically, you take one thing, then you take another, unrelated, but abstractly similar thing and you […]

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38th and Walnut

If any of the throngs of Toynbee tile fans out there that might be reading this are interested, a new tile was very recently glued on the southeast corner of 38th and Walnut Streets. I discovered the new tile by thinking to myself, ‘this is a perfect place for a tile,’ then seeing one. This […]

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Molly Pitcher, Toynbee tile

Yesterday, I mentioned that my girlfriend often asks why I’m so distrustful of ruralites. Today I come to you with a different question she often asks me, why do I care about the Toynbee tiles. I don’t actually understand the question. How could I not care? First off, they’re a Philly mystery. Secondly, they’re laid […]

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National!

I missed the broadcast, but this morning NPR’s Morning Edition ran the Toynbee tile story.  The story was aired across the country and around the world.  A text version is currently on the NPR.org‘s front page. Audio will be available later today.  Sweet!

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new, new style tiles made in new style appearing west of broad

Yes, you read that right. This morning I noticed a new Toynbee tile at 19th and Chestnut. It’s made in the new style, but in a new style for the new style. These new, new style tiles are larger, appear to be more carefully made, contain possible new messages and are placed farther into the […]

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HUGE TILE NEWS

This post is intended for fans of Toynbee tiles. If you’re not a fan, I’m sorry, but there wasn’t a whole lot I could do to make this entertaining reading for you. It’s largely technical and entirely esoteric. However, if you are a fan, this post represents the largest disclosure in Toynbee tile research in […]

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only by destruction of the…

Word out of Chicago is that Toynbee tiles are being actively sought out and destroyed. Is this some sort of Hellion conspiracy against the movement? If it is, the perpetrators aren’t admitting to it. “…the Toynbee tiles are vandalism against public property.” Wrote City of Chicago Department of Transportation’s Director of Communications, Brian Steele when […]

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New Religion announced/denounced

This morning I sketched out the founding tenet of my personal religion. This doesn’t mean it’s actually my personal belief system, just that it’s the foundation of a belief structure by which others could live. Does this make me a hypocrite? I know it sounds strange to invent a religion and then not be much […]

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Required Reading

This is – by far – the best travel article about Philadelphia that I have ever seen.  Originally, published on salon.com back in May, 1997, I’ve copied and pasted it here in its entirety.  I reproduce it out of fear that salon will pull it and It’ll be lost.  People have to archive this stuff.  If you’re a purist, […]

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