Metal bands have a beautiful combination of ballsiness and self-importance to put themselves out there, and risk looking hilariously self-serious. Simply put, there's no scene that gels better with my high school philosophy class than metal. You'd always rather read Kant listening to Ulver over Mode ... More >>
Banksy had us worried there for a second. When we hadn't seen an update on his site by noon, we figured his possible outing this weekend to reporters had scared our favorite street artist off. But at 12:30 p.m. Banksy updated his Instagram with the latest entry in his city-wide exhibition: simple t ... More >>
2012 MATA Festival Roulette Friday, April 20 Better than: Figuring out how to play the Koyaanisqatsi German Blu-ray on an American TV. Between Charles de Gaulle interpreted by a coloratura soprano, a Deliverance-style duel pitting a player piano against a live pianist, and a 13-piece chamber suite ... More >>
Sarah DiGregorioTrade plot twists for the pretzel kind. Somewhere on a dusty chunk of earth bordered by two rivers, a king's BFF got shit-faced on beer, then started yelling at the hooker who was trying to ply him with alcohol. You might think this titillating bit marks the beginning of a Mid ... More >>
Plato once asked, "Is it a meme because you declare it or do you declare it because it is a meme?" (Actually, maybe that was the Philosoraptor?) Well, Scumbag Steve, the brown-capped, thuggish meme originating from Reddit gave his first public interview about going viral to Know Your Meme (of ... More >>
Sunday's New York Times opinion section features short letters from adults to college students, in which the authors pretend they're the sages behind "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)." It's teased as "Advice for freshmen from the people who actually grade their papers and lead their class disc ... More >>
Plus 'Julian Dashper (1960-2009): It Is Life' at Minus Space
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 18, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 40 Autohype by Richard Goldstein Autohype. I first heard that word from Robert Christgau (writer, critic, and as harmless as Winnie the Pooh). We were sitting within shouting distance of each other at Mont ... More >>
Plus Cheryl McGinnis Gallery's 'Reconstructing Paper'
Medical headline of the day: "Diet is Important Indicator of Health." Gorbachev and the Rockin' Russians versus Zombie Stalins. Or maybe you'd prefer to hear a solo on a drum kit made out of ice. The 15 Stupidest Puns from the New York Post's Front Page. New York magazine is creeped out that ... More >>
In this week's column, I talk about American Swing, a new documentary about the legendary '70s sex club Plato's Retreat. Well, I've now seen the movie twice and here's the really shocking thing--it turns out the club was straight! Yes, you must believe me, it was a haven for rampant hetero sex! Br ... More >>
The American military presence in Afghanistan costs about $16 billion a month. What are we getting for the money? "Afghaniscrewed: How I Spent My Fall Vacation" by P.J. Tobia. When Alan Hevesi was the city's, then the state's comptroller, Jack Chartier and Hank Morris were his "two loyal gatekeepe ... More >>
Plus the Hookies, contrary Mary, and Jerry's real kids.
The original Wife Swap
See a fake Josephine Baker and a real cat
Christine Choy's Long Story Short, John Wootak Kwon's Always Be Boyz, and more
Target Margin makes ancient Greek texts lively; Sarah Ruhl gives Eurydice the death blow
Advice for weary, wandering Democrats
At the 440 B.C. Olympic Games, a hot young author made the sceneHerodotus!
Paul West's Novel Blends 9-11, Philosophy, and Nigella
Testing the Limits in Little Manila
Or, When Was It Decided That Chris Baty Considered His Letter?
Spike Lee spins a raucous '70s morality tale