We all know the current trend of snotty white-people stadium-folk sucks. That's something near-universally agreed upon within critical circles. It's hard to take a single note of the stuff seriously, enough to make you reconsider the entire influencing legacy of Bob Dylan. But one thing that's been ... More >>
Earlier today Banksy's website was updated with his latest creation: a 1992 GMC delivery truck hauling around paradise in the back. No use in pinpointing an exact location for this one--the truck will move to a new location somewhere in the city every night at dusk. There was an earlier false alarm, ... More >>
These are the best jazz shows in NYC in September. Orrin Evans Pianist Orrin Evans of Philadelphia recently co-founded the artist collective Likemind, and for six nights at Jazz Standard (Sept. 3-8) he'll give a good idea of its breadth and purpose. He opens with Tarbaby, a quartet featuring renown ... More >>
At a committee meeting held yesterday, City Council members told the Department of Homeless Services to start coming up with better solutions, not temporary fixes and excuses, to combat the rapid rise of homelessness in the city."We're in crisis mode, and if we don't do something over the next 16 mo ... More >>
Tomorrow is Labor Day - that first Monday of September where people eat, drink and travel, all in the name of summer's end and universal workers' rights. It is the mark of a season's passing and one holiday that comes with a set rule overused in jokes and conversational side comments: you cannot wea ... More >>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently came out in favor of pot policy reform, announcing Monday that he wanted to decriminalize public displays of just less than one ounce of weed. As we reported then, the move was heralded by pretty much everyone, except maybe Republicans in Albany. Just today, the Wall Str ... More >>
One of the greatest stories I ever worked on involved neo-Nazis and burritos
Bookshelf cower power
In the 1950s, American comedian and television personality Ernie Kovacs invented many of the tropes that still prevail today in TV comedy, including sketch comedy, conceptual comic films, and a tendency to ad-lib nearly everything.
Union intransigence hits a low point
For the two or three of you out there who still watch commercials, you're about to start seeing a rather amateurish statewide ad that asks -- nay, demands! -- Wall Street and big businesses (who all smoke cigars, wear multiple gold rings, and take their Pellegrino with lemon, thank you very m ... More >>
Gov. Paterson has once again proposed a measure that would allow supermarkets to sell wine. This time, he's making the proposal part of his 2010-2011 budget. And once again, depending on who you listen to, it's either the end of the world as we know it, or the second coming of the messiah. ... More >>
A nasty split as the Council finally bucks the mayor
A schlock genius, king of the Bs and so much more
Now that the city has finished throwing money at the new Yankees and Mets stadiums, fans can settle in for the next debate: What will the House That The David Ortiz Jersey Defiled and Bankrupt Bank Field actually be like as places to, you know, see ballgames? For my Baseball Prospectus colleague (a ... More >>
Job losses are accelerating. Big companies on both sides of the Atlantic -- including carmakers who are not part of the Big Three, and insurers -- are posting big losses. Banks are closing. Etc. All this you know. To stop the bleeding, President Obama last week pushed hard for a giant stimulus pac ... More >>
This $26 Warhol spotted in the front window of 4th Avenue's Dryden Gallery ("gallery" = "place to get finished jigsaw puzzles framed") "The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting--Andy Warhol" With all due respect Mr. Andy "bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S" Warhol, the idea of waiting for som ... More >>
The news that we're indeed in a recession, and related grim tidings like November's seven-year record for layoffs, might have you feeling nervous. But here's Bloomberg News' Amity Shlaes to cheer you up with an article called "'Recession' Might as Well Be a Reason to Rejoice." How's that? "American ... More >>
Over the past week Wall Street slid further into socialism with a federal takeover of AIG, an SEC ban against short-selling, a speedy court-approved sell-off of newly-bankrupt Lehman Brothers assets, and other extraordinary events. We must give some credit for consistency to those rightbloggers wh ... More >>
And deep into their backstories and political views. Inanimate? Like hell they are.
A sprawling, overstuffed new novel brings us anarchy in the U.S.A.
The power of nightmares: Russian thriller and Southern mock-doc imagine scary dystopias
Alito vote again raises specter of unchecked White House
It was fitting, really, that at yesterday's lunch sponsored by the fiscally conservative Citizens Budget Commission, there wasn't an excess of dressing on the salad. It was also fitting that the guest of honor, Gov. George Pataki, could say the following two sentences virtually in the same breath: " ... More >>
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