In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla reads 50 Cent’s surreally insightful self-help book, The 50th Law: “This book is actually kind of sad, in the bleakness of its cutthroat, shoot-nine-times-or-be-shot-nine-times worldview. Trust no one. All praise is insincere and manipulative. Bergman’s example aside, partnerships are really nothing more than ‘momentary entanglements.’ (Sorry, Tony Yayo.)”
Chuck Eddy on Brad Paisley’s newest and so-far best record, American Saturday Night.
Jason Gross listens to Bob Dylan’s mildly enjoyable and tremendously strange Christmas in the Heart.
Michael D. Ayers talks with Heavy Trash’s Jon Spencer.
Scott Foundas on Sebastian Silva’s The Maid.
In Books, Roy Edroso makes the unlikely decision to read all of Andy Williams’ Moon River and Me, and returns a slightly more haunted man.
In Art, Martha Schwendener tracks the efforts of contemporary art photographers to mess with the medium.
In Theater, Michael Feingold on The Royal Family, Oleanna, and Disaster.
Plus Michael Musto at a scandalous movie about an eight-year-old gay boy, Free Will Astrology, and more.