It’s common knowledge that kicking a capital-H Habit isn’t the most pleasant experience, to say the least. But what if there were a cure for drug addiction out there that only comes with one side effect, that of intense hallucinations? For this week’s Village Voice cover story, join Keegan Hamilton as he welcomes you to the wonderful world of Ibogaine: Can it Cure Addiction Without the Hallucinogenic Trip?
Elsewhere in News, the big wide world out there is nothing but a trip:
Remember ACORN? The community organizing organization took their time gaining prominence as a credible operation, and were felled fast, taking as steep a decline as their rise was gradual. Why? Voice columnist Tom Robbins documents the phenomenon that was Acorn’s Long Rise and Fast Fall.
Voice gossip Michael Musto will narc on you if you’re not careful. Who learns the lesson the hard way this week? Per Musto: Colin Firth Said the C-Word!
In Food, we’re eating lots of things, hallucinogenic qualities aside (or as added value):
Voice food critic and de facto outer-borough explorer Robert Sietsema keeps it close to the homestead this week by filing on flashy restaurateur Donatella Arpaia’s new Chelsea pizza joint, Donatella, who he says packs some of the best Sicilian dishes in town.
In Film, we’re buying the ticket, and taking the ride. Also, ZOMFG HARRY POTTER!!!!!!
Dance: Garth Fagen’s dance troupe has been going four decades strong. Do they still have it? Deborah Jowitt finds out as she heads to the Joyce Theater to check the moves of Garth Fagan and His Veteran Dance Troupe.
“New Yorkers don't easily accept ballplayers. They almost always come from somewhere else, itinerants and mercenaries, and most of them are rejected. Those who are accepted seem to have been part of New York forever. Hernandez is one of them.”
"The intense public interest surrounding this case now extends beyond the early prurient reactions, beyond the photogenic face of Robert Chambers, beyond the upscale setting. The death of Jennifer Levin touched a nerve, particularly after the defense began trying to excuse it"
“Tom, who now lives in the Bronx, was raised on a plantation in the Delta. Emmett Till was one of his best friends. Indeed, he was with Till until about 7 p.m. on the horrible, legendary 1955 night when Till was murdered allegedly for whistling at a white woman.”
"While it's tempting to celebrate exuberantly the demise of yuppie culture and all the other horrendous phenomena of the Reagan/Thatcher/Koch era, capitalism is not notable for its equitable division of pain"