In 1980, a Washington Post writer named Janet Cooke wrote a heart-wrenching story about an eight-year-old heroin addict in Washington D.C. "Jimmy's World" was a heroic piece of journalism, shedding light on an often unseen world of addiction and poverty and misery.
This week, Senator Charles Schumer proposed making trespassing on "critical infrastructure" -- bridges, buildings, and the like -- a federal offense, punishable by up to five years in prison. He pointed to the pair of German artists who this summer allegedly scaled the Brooklyn Bridge and replaced ... More >>
Approaching its anniversary, the movement isn't dead. It's growing up.
Consider this literary sex scene: "A spaceship crashes with two midgets that get split up. The blonde one walks around until she finds a farm where she rests and masturbates." In reality, that quote is literary only in that somebody went to the trouble of writing it down--it's actually an excerpt ... More >>
In November, voters in Kalamazoo, Mich., will decide whether to allow prescription pot shops in their city. As detailed on MLive.com, Kalamazoo City Attorney Clyde Robinson confirmed that the measure -- originally submitted in August 2011 -- will be on the ballot this fall. There originally had be ... More >>
This just came in from this blog's own, beloved Gregory Moore: "Yesterday, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the YWCA of Kalamazoo presented their annual 'Women of Achievement' awards to five very deserving, accomplished women, all of whom were presented with a framed proclamation from the State of Michigan ... More >>
Tom Hanks once said, in regards to his super nice guy status, "I'm not that nice of a guy; I just have the money to have people around to tell people no for me." Seth Troxler neither has nor needs such people. Even after engaging in copious charity work, being crowned No. 2 DJ of 2011 in Resident Ad ... More >>
Black Rob Apple Store (SoHo) Wednesday, July 27 Better than: Waiting around the Genius Bar while a new trackpad gets installed in your MacBook. "Things are different now. There are computers. Dudes are going in with the computers", Black Rob proclaimed with a grin. Despite the obvious iro ... More >>
Joey Ramone would have been 60 years old on May 19. This week, in celebration of the birthday of the Queens-born gone-too-soon punk legend, Sound of the City will run a series of features on his life and his legacy. The Ramones may have shouted their last four-count 15 years ago, but whether ... More >>
We spoke with swampbuggy bad-ass Quintron very briefly on Monday afternoon, amid the throes of a pre-tour van emergency. But since then something else far more harrowing has developed, specifically an undisclosed "family emergency at home," which has sadly forced cartoon lady Miss Pussycat and her o ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. March 9, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 10 Lay off my body, girls By Xaviera Hollander When I read about prostitution being "degrading," I think back to a time when many women went through a process known as an "illegal operation." For many wom ... More >>
The 2010 National Book Awards at the Cipriani Wall Street ballroom. All the people who were at these tables are still hungover.An unlikely ballroom of people in the troubled business of literature -- publishers, editors, writers, reporters, and respective sycophants -- gather yearly to ostens ... More >>
When we got the idea to do Our 10 Best Beers, little did we realize what a shark tank we were jumping into. While wine drinkers, cocktail swillers, and those that drink their spirits neat are a very vocal and cantankerous bunch, the vast majority of beer fanciers just sit back, foamy quaff i ... More >>
Michael Becker / FOX.The final five In the totally overblown intro (sorry, that's like complaining that a cow moos), Ryan Seacrest seems to insinuate that there will be a shocker of a cast-off tonight. That can only mean it's Adam Lambert, because any of the others are expected to go at some point. ... More >>
Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for season eight. This week: Woo woo, the second round of semi-finals! all photos Michael Becker / FOXNick Mitchell as Norman Gentle It's Round Two of semi-finals, and this 12 consists of a welder, a bartender, a font designer, and Norman Gentle. Simon s ... More >>
That Santacon thing we VoiceChoiced happened Saturday, and hundreds of Santas descended upon the city in full jollity. They were well YouTubed, and you can see them dancing on the Staten Island Ferry, and to Michael Jackson under the warming lights of some hotel awning; here's a Santa in a crow's ne ... More >>
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