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Vol.33 NO.04

Savage Love

by Dan Savage January 28, 2010

I’m a single (mostly) gay guy who is curious about women. A hot bisexual mate is interested in a friends-with-benefits arrangement. I’m not looking for an LTR just now, so regular, no-strings sex sounds great. ...

Mr. Breslin’s Vision

by Chet Hardin January 28, 2010

Sitting at a conference table inside the Albany headquarters of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, certified nursing assistants Doris Jourdanais and Polo Ranggel are discussing their day-to-day responsibilities at Albany County Nursing Home. Ranggel is ...

This is the New Year

by John Brodeur January 28, 2010

Spoon Transference The Austin, Texas, band Spoon reached the apex of their studio mastery, I think, on “My Little Japanese Cigarette Case,” a song from their 2007 album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. While the whole album ...

Don’t Blame God

by Jo Page January 28, 2010

In James Wood’s brilliant novel, The Book Against God, self-absorbed and ineffective Thomas Bunting undertakes to write a book—entitled The Book Against God or BAG as he refers to it—that will refute his Anglican priest ...

Playing Monopoly

by Paul Rapp January 28, 2010

This week the federal Department of Justice’s anti-trust division filed what it termed restrictions on the proposed merger between music industry giants Ticketmaster and Live Nation. These two companies already dominate primary ticket selling, the ...

Insult to Injury

by Elizabeth Knapp January 28, 2010

Last week, victims and researchers of spinal cord injuries in New York state faced the prospect that more than 10 years of discoveries toward a cure may have been futile. According to Gov. David Paterson’s ...

Set Your TiVos

by Ali Hibbs January 28, 2010

The city of Albany has announced plans for a public access cable television system (including educational and government channels) more than 30 years after neighboring cities such as Schenectady and Bethlehem implemented similar public services. ...

Get Up Offa That Thing

by John Rodat January 28, 2010

On Saturday, Dan Zanes returned to the Egg (though not yet an annual staple, he and his band have performed several times in the last few years), kicking off a new tour before a surprisingly ...

You Can Pick Your Friends

by Glenn Weiser January 28, 2010

Rev. Gary Davis, the blind guitarist and street singer who influenced a generation of 1960s folk musicians, was remembered Sunday night at the Egg by two of his former pupils, instrumental ace David Bromberg and ...

Music of the Spheres

by Josh Potter January 28, 2010

When Veena Chandra describes the raga she’s about to perform, it’s as if she’s introducing the audience to a momentary visitor. The song, like the deity it’s devoted to, is defined by its various aspects—the ...

Saluting General Tso

by B.A. Nilsson January 28, 2010

Rarely am I invited to anyone’s house for dinner. The cry is, “I’m not going to try to cook for you!” If I’m visiting a house where food is being served and my occupation is ...

Bonbon Cinema

by Shawn Stone January 28, 2010

In his long career, Pedro Almodóvar has fearlessly mixed genres and moods within films—sometimes to great effect, sometimes capriciously. His latest, Broken Embraces, finds Almodóvar at the top of his form: With extraordinary grace, he ...

Heavenly Terminators

by Ann Morrow January 28, 2010

In the latest apocalypse flick, Legion, the inspiring quote, “My name is Legion, for we are many” can be taken as a reference to the many movies that it rips off, rather than the multitude ...

Painful Reserves

by Laura Leon January 28, 2010

A good friend and I were recently discussing, with some astonishment, the fact that solid movies about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—or, rather, the people who fought there—have had little box office impact, no ...

About a Boy, Sitting Shiva

by B.A. Nilsson January 28, 2010

Jonathan Tropper’s novels are often compared to those of Nick Hornby. Tropper’s protagonists, invariably male, typically suffer a hilarious series of emotional and physical torments en route to a resolution in which sheer peace is ...