This was not, Dong-Ping Wong insisted for the millionth time, a prank phone call. No, please don't hang up. He just wanted to talk about how to clean pool water. But the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene official on the other end of the line still wasn't entirely convinced. No, she hadn't rea ... More >>
It's been three days since Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in a West Village apartment, reportedly surrounded by the detritus of his addiction: a needle, baggies full of heroin, other empty bags, prescription drugs. News stories have retraced his last days, speculated tastelessly on what his d ... More >>
Hate cartoonist sings Sanger's praises
On Wednesday, state ethics regulators unleashed a 68-page document detailing young, female staffers' allegations of sexual harassment from Assemblyman Vito Lopez. One complainant described Lopez's attempts to force his hands up her inner thighs on car trips. He asked another to wear heels and short ... More >>
On a recent Friday afternoon in Morningside Heights, The Voice met the man routinely hailed as one of America's funniest writers: Sam Lipsyte. Sitting in the Creative Writing Department at Columbia, where he has taught in the M.F.A. program for the past eight years, Lipsyte seems like one of those R ... More >>
"Educational entrepreneurship" is booming, but can profit and pedagogy go hand in hand?
Considering that Won't Back Down is reportedly the lowest grossing opening film in Box Office history, it sure has garnered a lot of attention both nationally and here in New York.The attention the movie's received in New York sheds light on the city's educational landscape -- where there's an int ... More >>
A Celebration of the Wonderful World Of Phoebe Jacobs Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center Thursday, May 24 The voice that filled Rose Hall first at the Thursday afternoon memorial for Phoebe Jacobs was Jacobs's own. There was her face, too, projected on a large screen in a first-tier box. It all mi ... More >>
A cast of a hundred help move Edgar Lee Masters's classic to the stage
John Luther Adams' Inuksuit gets its NYC outdoor premiere at 5 p.m. at Morningside Park.City advisory: If you were too lazy (or too experimental-music hungover from the Bang On A Can Marathon) to get out to Central Park this morning at 5 a.m. to play Yoko Ono's "Secret Piece," do not be too u ... More >>
Not an Ivy League gradIf you pay close attention, you'll notice that the New York Times is more or less a newspaper about getting your kids into an Ivy League school. The paper's knows their audience, so they host Q&As with important deans, devote entire blogs to the admissions process (with ... More >>
Typically impatient New Yorkers are freaking out because we haven't gotten our earthquake yet. And we're due for an earthquake! Where's our earthquake? No, we are not going to wait in line for our earthquake! Nature, do you know who the fuck we are? Fortunately, seismologist Won-Young Kim fro ... More >>
Barion BlakeRemember the mutilated, unconscious Columbia University employee cops found in a BMW trunk while investigating a hit-and-run fender-bender on Wednesday? Turns out it was his car, and cops are now looking for his assailant, a 30-year-old man whom the New York Post has named the ... More >>
Why do Mexicans revere severed body parts?
We're told that the NYPD's elite Emergency Services Unit has been called to the Manhattan side of the Holland Tunnel to chase down a coyote initially spotted in the tunnel. According to the most recent report from the cops, the commuting coyote left the tunnel and was last seen on Varick St ... More >>
The real estate market crash newspapers believe we should be upset about -- said papers apparently believing we all have a million bucks we'd like to invest in house-flipping schemes -- proceeds apace. Today the Wall Street Journal tells us the whole country is seeing a 22-year-high in vacancy rate ... More >>
Has the oil industry gotten to Barack Obama? Last night at the National Service Forum at Columbia University, Obama declared that his "bold" energy plan would reduce America's dependence on foreign oil by "20 or 30 percent over the course of a decade or two." Only two weeks ago, during his rousing ... More >>
If you've been reading the tabloids over the past few weeks, you really couldn't miss the coverage of the trial of Robert Williams, the monster (is there really any other way to describe him?) accused of raping and torturing a Columbia University graduate student last year. The trial coverage has ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 28, 1959, Vol. IV, No. 14 The Beat Generation By Jerry Hopkins "The beat smokes marijuana, chews piote, and drives a motorcycle because he wants to live by experience," the speaker said. "The only way he can define hims ... More >>
With all the ballots counted, our decidedly un-macho Jazz Poll finally finds its headline
Michael Ratner tries to make Europe too hot for the former defense secretary
Three board members resigned last week in a sign the fight is only getting nastier
Modern-day Cotton Club faces some unsettling developments
Solving for Malcolm X at a Brooklyn confab
The science of putting it off
Where does African American studies go from here?
Dismantling canons, describing contexts, the new jazz studies come of age.
Columbia critic of Israel banned from a program for NYC teachers by Joel Klein
Master director Peter Brook brings a frayed community Tierno Bokar, a multicultural fable
Welcome, new workers, to the world of McJobs
Black = Terrorist = Thug: The New Racial Profile?
Two Venues Are Ready to Spark a New Power Surge This Season
Confronting Your Accusers
Unauthorized Lecture-Note Sites Draw Profs Fire
Broadcasting a Bit-Stream War
Did Doctors Mislead the Parents of Kids They Experimented On?