After listening closely to Dysnomia, the new album by Dawn of Midi, it becomes clear why the title was not directly inspired by the Ancient Greek meaning of the word: "lawlessness." The music is precisely ordered; it is ecstatic, but not anarchic. It is also unlike the condition of dysnomia--the ina ... More >>
Dawn of Midi forge new territory
Darius McCollum is what you might call a public transportation enthusiast. As a teenager in Queens, he'd cut class to be near the subway tracks, and dreamed of being a conductor. But at age 15, he became front-page news instead, when he drove an E train from his favorite stop, 34th Street, all the w ... More >>
Get moving for a great cause
By the time parents got their turn to testify at yesterday's City Council hearing on the city's problematic school bus service, lead officials from the Department of Education, such as Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm, were long gone. "I'm just so disappointed that the [DOE] and the ... More >>
Today is World Autism Awareness Day, which happens to come shortly the Centers for Disease Control announced that 1/88 children nationwide has an autism spectrum disorder -- a 23 percent increase since the last report was released in 2009. Long term, this represents a 78 percent increase from data g ... More >>
In the script, that is. Let me first say that Joyful Noise -- with rival chantoozies Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton warring over how to run their small-town choir -- is corny and formulaic, but a kind of fun guilty pleasure for January.
We could only make it about a minute into this thing, but perhaps you'll have better luck? The Tea Party apparently has comedians now, including this guy Eric Golub. Sample quote: "The left should love Sarah Palin. She has a beautiful, adorable special needs child... For that reason alone, the lef ... More >>
Throughout college, everyone these days knows a handful of young adults who have told their doctors they feel a bit impatient or restless (the "impatience" in this scenario being a laziness and the "restlessness" being code for, "Hey, let me push this during finals week so I can make an easy ... More >>
Will It Have Number Munchers?Steve Jobs surprised the crowd and received a standing ovation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco today. It was thought Apple COO Tim Cook would fill in for the reportedly ailing Jobs, but the Turtlenecked One was there to announce the release ... More >>
While "Whooping Cough" sounds like something you catch on The Oregon Trail right before your oxen die of dysentery from trying to cross the river, it's actually a deadly cold that's currently killing babies in California right now at a rate not seen since 1955. Why's this happening, and how d ... More >>
Crispin Glover trips us out
A legendary cartoonist draws his own story
An actress with Down Syndrome who did the voiceover for a cartoon character that spurred Sarah Palin's latest accusation of unfairness toward herself and her family has chided the former Governor of Alaska for her humorless response. Andrea Fay Friedman, 39, a veteran actress with Down Syndr ... More >>
Keisha Jones of Brooklyn got hold of a prescription pad and found a pharmacy which doesn't focus too hard on discussing possible complications to dispense an ulcer medicine which can cause abortion, uterine rupture or birth defects to the woman carrying her husband's child.
Forget the 9-year-old whose Mom lets him ride the subway alone: On October 15, 13-year-old Francisco Hernandez, Jr. left a classroom where he'd gotten into trouble and hung out in the subways for 11 days. It sounds like a more extreme version of a familiar runaway story, but the Times explai ... More >>
Staten Island sure is scary
Remember my blog about ditching that control freak who tried to micromanage where we should go, what I should say, and how he could put me down? Well, a few months ago, I updated that with a post about how we'd had a nice reconciliation and became friends again, but now that's all evaporated like th ... More >>
The Times' front page story on actual liberal Hollywood elite Ari Emanuel -- super agent to the stars, brother to Rahm (and black sheep/bioethicist Ezekiel), and nothing to do with Obama we swear middle America -- is laudable for its omission of the words "Entourage," "Jeremy," and "Piven." Too bad ... More >>
Elizabeth Swados and Erin Courtney musicalize the story of Kaspar Hauser
Cynthia Nixon has your ADD prescription
This auspicious Oz import is a sign of bright, young filmmaking in Australia
Parents lobby lawmakers to have their kids zapped
Larry Seiler has cerebral palsy. But he doesnt want your pityhe wants your love.
Troubled teen, caretakers stuck in development hell
City wants fewer entry points to its program for developmentally disabled children
An autism opera, an aphasia comedy, a Tourette's musical
How the autistic brain explains the interior life of animals
Audioshave: What sort of book could be cut in half without losing a certain something?
Dubya's Struggling Brother Is Back in Court
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