Alexander Cockburn, trenchant political writer and former Voice columnist, has died of cancer in Germany at the age of 71, announces his friend and collaborator, Jeffrey St. Clair. "He didn't want to blog his own death as Christopher Hitchens had done," writes St. Clair at their mutual endeavor, Cou ... More >>
After compiling our list of the most-read Village Voice stories of 2011, we got to thinking about what the new year will bring. While it's impossible to accurately foresee the coming news cycle, we've used complex algorithms and web-based analytics to predict ten stories that will rock the world thi ... More >>
If you are reading this, it means you have withstood the first assault of the War on Christmas. We have taken the words of various talk show hosts and politicians to heart and are currently in our Christmas bunker, waiting for the unrelenting attacks from the sinister pleasantry, "Happy Holid ... More >>
This week in the Voice, out today: our new Year in Film poll along with criticism from J. Hoberman, Karina Longworth, and others. Winner of Best Film: The Tree of Life. Winner of Worst Film: I Melt With You.
Maura Johnston rates the 10 best live shows she saw this year, including Beyoncé, ... More >>
Less than an hour ago NPR reported that Christopher Hitchens had finally succumbed to his battle with cancer.
Tomorrow, at a decent hour, I will search through the Voice archives for some of his pieces. At one point he wrote the Press Clips column, but whether it was before or after Alexand ... More >>
Following the announcement of Christopher Hitchens' death at the age of 62 very early this morning, Twitter has been awash with thoughts about the man. #ChristopherHitchens is trending throughout the U.S., though not, currently, worldwide [update: now it is], and not in the U.K. But what abou ... More >>
The news that Mel Gibson is planning to make a Judah Maccabee biopic has caused quite a stir. While Judah Maccabee is one of the greatest heroes in the history of Judaism for leading the revolt against the Seleucid Empire, Mel Gibson loves getting drunk and ranting about how "The Jews are res ... More >>
It's probably not on your Google calendar, but today is Everybody Pray for Christopher Hitchens Day -- Christopher Hitchens, the atheist, who wrote God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything; Christopher Hitchens, the man with esophageal cancer, the disease that killed his father. Who ... More >>
America is under attack. It's "a new strain of strident atheism" and it's deadly. To the rescue? iPhone applications, according to the New York Times. And if you're on the other side of the war, there's tools for you, too -- alternative applications "arming nonbelievers for battle." It's like ... More >>
Newsweek has on its cover a picture of Sarah Palin in shorts from her Runners' World shoot, which Sarah Palin herself has denounced as "sexist." For a moment we thought this was a Carrie Prejean thing, but apparently Palin knew Runners World would publish photos of her in shorts, and she obje ... More >>
In the week we got ourselves a whole new look, we celebrated by staring David Lynch and Kate Moss directly in their awesome, newly expansive faces.
This was a bookish week at SOTC: Brian Evenson soundtracked his novel, Last Days, Jonathan Lethem reintroduced L.J. Davis and his walls of mucus in P ... More >>
One of the things most entertaining slash most infuriating about rappers straying, whether intentionally or otherwise, onto political talk shows is the inability of their hosts and fellow guests to call them by their given names. Hence a smirking Dennis Miller calling Young Jeezy both "Emphysema" ... More >>