By Bob Schwabach First published in the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday "Today" magazine, July 26, 1981 They ran blindly, the corridor behind them stretching into darkness, their torches throwing flickering shadows against the dank walls. At last the sounds of pursuit faded in the distance, and they stopped to catch their breaths, hoping that the torchlight could not be … [Read more...] about LEAPING LIZARDS! WHO LET THE DRAGON OUT?
By Bob Schwabach First published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, August 17, 1973 NEW YORK-- Sometime later in the evening Jimmy Breslin is sitting on the bottom step that leads to the basement room of Jimmy's at 33 W. 52nd Street in New York and is taking a nap with his head resting against the railing. A party is in progress, a New Year Party. Suddenly, Breslin … [Read more...] about A VERY SERIOUS ‘ENEMIES’ PARTY? OR RADICALLY CHIC…
By Bob Schwabach Originally pubished in the Philadelphia Inquirer, March 25, 1973 They laughed when I sat down at the piano, but nobody even cracked a smile when I went to the ballet practice barre. Maybe that's because the social cloud has lifted, a lot of men are taking ballet lessons these days. Ah, Diaghilev, thou shouldst be living now -- at least it beats your … [Read more...] about WHAT’S A NICE GIRL LIKE YOU DOING IN A BALLET CLASS?
By Robert Schwabach Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer July 29, 1973 Quarryville, PA. - On the high branches, birds call. And in the yard, puppies romp. Up on the slopes, the tassels of the tall corn are moved by soft breezes. From somewhere down in the dell, the cattle are lowing -- or whatever it is cattle do. Farmer Groff is plying his trade. Raising … [Read more...] about DOWN ON THE FARM
By Bob Schwabach Originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer I felt the need soon after I entered the bathroom downstairs from the restaurant in Malaga, Spain. There were all sorts of guide books to Europe--far too many guide books, in fact. But not one of them dealt with a basic problem certain to be encountered by every single traveler, young or old, of whatever … [Read more...] about THE BATHROOMS OF EUROPE: A GUIDE ON WHERE TO GO