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Royalty Pains in the Ass

by Paul Rapp July 25, 2013

  The digital revolution changed everything about the business of music. Suddenly, anybody with time and a little patience can record something and present it to the world. Like, for free. That’s pretty staggering. Why, back ...

Somebody’s Child

by Jessica Valenti July 18, 2013

  Copyright © 2013 The Nation; distributed by Agence Global My first week of college, I had a heated debate about abortion with two new friends. Both were white, and one, Nancy, was extremely pro-life. I was ...

Why Gay Marriage is Winning

by Richard Kim July 10, 2013

  Copyright © 2013 The Nation, distributed by Agence Global Dressed in an immaculate white shirt and white pants, a straw hat with a hot pink band and the customary rainbow sash, 84-year-old Edie Windsor looked like ...

Kids on the Range

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 3, 2013

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  At her birthday party last month, when it came time to light her candle, I handed my 7-year-old a box of matches. One of the kids gave her a funny look and said, “I don’t ...

Cease and Desist 101

by Paul Rapp June 26, 2013

  One very funny bit blew through the web last week involving a cease and desist letter from the town of West Orange, N.J., trying to wrest the domain name “westorange.info” away from a blogger. The ...

Energy Independent by 2030

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 20, 2013

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  It is a surprisingly strong and sad thing that someone did along the way to convince many of us that “cynic” and “realist” meant the same thing. It’s this uncomfortable niggling belief that keeps many people ...

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Spying Games

by Paul Rapp June 13, 2013

  ’Spose I have to write about this NSA spying mess, right? I shudder at the thought. I’ve only been following it casually and even the conflicting headlines make my brain hurt. It’s a huge story, ...

Dads, Daughters and Dating

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 6, 2013

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  I was in my local Stewart’s a few years ago when I heard a guy, in the hearing of his teenage daughter, telling someone else that his daughter “wasn’t allowed to date until she’s 30.” ...

Turn It Upside-Down

by Paul Rapp May 29, 2013

  The Internet blowed up real good last week over a dispute between Vermont’s Magic Hat brewery and West Sixth Brewing Company, a small brewery in Lexington, Ky. Seems that about a year ago West Sixth ...

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Study Says What?

by Miriam Axel-Lute May 23, 2013

  Back when I used to go to journalism conferences, I remember there frequently being workshops offered on the theme of “math for journalists.” In other words, lessons on how not to screw up, or get ...

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Reel Life

by Jo Page May 15, 2013

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  As somebody who lives in Schenectady, though still new to Schenectady (and then again, not new at all), I’d heard a lot about The Place Beyond the Pines. My neighbor was in it; her house ...

Fair Enough

by Paul Rapp May 2, 2013

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  The New York Federal Appeals Court released its decision in the Cariou vs. Prince case last week, and it’s a gooder. The case involves famed (or perhaps infamed) appropriation artist Richard Prince’s series of manipulated ...

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Haunted Grandeur

by Jo Page May 1, 2013

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  I don’t know where I found the 100abandonedhouses.com website, but I know that once I started looking at the images of once-elegant and capacious derelict houses in Detroit, I was deeply intrigued. Kevin Bauman’s emotive ...

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Opting Out Together

by Miriam Axel-Lute April 24, 2013

  This week and last week New York state students in grades 3–8 underwent hours and hours of new standardized testing as part of the state’s implementation of the new “Common Core” learning standards. The tests marked ...

Where’s Fido?

by Jo Page April 18, 2013

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  Jack is a speeding black streak across a white field of snow. Jack is big black comma curled up in his bed on the floor. Jack is a lean, wriggling greeter when you come into ...

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Bombing Your Freedom

by Paul Rapp April 17, 2013

Urgh. The events in Boston are gonna further wreck your freedom. Just watch. Last night I was listening to a special program from WBUR about the bombings, featuring listener call-ins. The first call was from ...

If You Really Meant That Sign . . .

by Miriam Axel-Lute April 11, 2013

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  My feelings about marriage equality were well summed up by Feminist Hulk: “HULK SUPPORT QUEER AND FEMINIST CHALLENGES TO MARRIAGE AS INSTITUTION. HULK ALSO CHAMPION SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. HULK VAST, CONTAIN MULTITUDES.” But nonetheless, these are momentous ...

Let Them Dance

by Paul Rapp April 4, 2013

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When did the City of Albany become culturally moronic? Last December, Albany code enforcement shut down a burlesque show at the Lark Tavern, apparently based on a “tip” from some clean-up-the-neighborhood types. The reason? Well, ...

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A Kind of Blasphemy

by Jo Page April 4, 2013

  On a recent cover of Yoga Journal I am promised many things: eight building blocks for practicing at home, six best foods to fuel my body, five poses to bring me into deep relaxation and ...

More Than “Insensitive”

by Miriam Axel-Lute March 28, 2013

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  “We support the residents of Ida Yarbrough.” That was the central theme of the 50-person community response rally that gathered on the corner of Livingston Avenue and North Pearl Street on Tuesday evening. Many residents of ...

Kitchen Envy

by Jo Page March 20, 2013

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  Watch carefully because I’m about accomplish this fancy, journalistic sleight of hand in which I start this column in a curmudgeonly vein and, by sheer dint of willpower, end up with a column that will ...

Big Media Smackdown

by Paul Rapp March 20, 2013

  I’m happy to report that the U.S. Supreme Court got something right. Some months ago, we talked here about a case before the court involving a Thai student who bought inexpensive English textbooks in Thailand ...

What Is Safe Sleeping?

by Miriam Axel-Lute March 13, 2013

  It was with great disappointment that I saw the new Albany County advertising campaign on “safe sleeping” for infants, which discourages bedsharing and repeats the old, inaccurate canard that “babies sleep safest alone.” There are few ...

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To Live

by Jo Page March 6, 2013

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  Writing in the Slate Book Review, Mark O’Connell ends his review of Adam Phillips’ book, Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life by saying “And so, while reading [the book], I spent a lot ...

In the Public Interest

by Paul Rapp March 6, 2013

Maybe the most obscene trend of our lifetime is this mania about free markets. It’s part of the racist Tea Party dogma. It’s central to neocon dogma. It’s why we have a sequestration happening in ...

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