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Vol.33 No.08

SAVAGE LOVE

by Dan Savage February 25, 2010

I’m writing to you to settle a dispute between my husband and me. We have been married for six years. We’re not terribly adventurous, but we’re not totally vanilla, either. However, there is one issue ...

The Great American Pub, Asian-Style

by Laura Leon February 25, 2010

Back in the early 1970s, my friends and I were not allowed to go to Railroad Street in our hometown of Great Barrington, Mass., because it was a cesspool of dirty bars and drunken old ...

On the Chopping Block

by Shawn Stone February 25, 2010

The pain of this recession keeps getting worse, and the deficit in the New York state budget keeps getting larger. So it shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise when Gov. David Paterson first ...

Big Media Is Watching You

by Paul Rapp February 25, 2010

We’ve been watching how the Obama administration has been handling information and intellectual- property issues—these things never break in neat, red state/blue state ways. Bill Clinton, in fact, probably did more damage to rational IP ...

Asylum Seeker

by Jo Page February 25, 2010

Thanks to Shutter Island, asylums, particularly scary, fabled ones, are big news right now. On the other hand, there has always been something fascinating and horrible about these places with their intimidating size and intricate architecture. ...

Assault on Culture

by Ralph Hammann February 25, 2010

Look up the word “culture” in Webster’s New World Dictionary and you will find it defined as “the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.” I fear for the loss of our ...

High Hopes

by Ali Hibbs February 25, 2010

On Tuesday, the New York State Senate Health Committee passed legislation that would allow for the sale and possession of medical marijuana in the state of New York. Settle down, it’s not a law yet. ...

Better Safe, Not Sorry

by Chet Hardin February 25, 2010

Albany Common Councilman Dominick Calsolaro has seen a drastic change in the city’s police force. Since the retirement of James Tuffey in 2009, it has become a more transparent and community-engaged department. In fact, the ...

Monster Mash

by Josh Potter February 25, 2010

The verdict is unanimous. “Yes” and “easily” are the answers. It may be the only thing all six members of Beware! The Other Head of Science immediately agree on. There’s manic dysfunction in the way ...

Talk About It

by John Brodeur February 25, 2010

I love the ’80s. Who doesn’t? All those great buddy-cop films and that sublime blend of action and comedy—they just don’t make ’em like that anymore. Not that they don’t try. With Cop Out, director Kevin ...

The Loony Bin Trip

by Shawn Stone February 25, 2010

You might expect that a thril ler set in a 1950s mental asylum would make you think. Martin Scorsese’s tricky cinematic nightmare, based on a novel by Dennis Lahane (Mystic River), does not. What the ...

Steal This Book

by Josh Potter February 25, 2010

Let me begin by saying, I wanted to hate this book. Thing is, it’s a sentiment Tao Lin counts on. Long before I picked up Shoplifting From American Apparel, a svelte novella in a series ...

Eye in the Sky

by Nadine Wasserman February 25, 2010

One of the most fascinating aspects of the recent assassination in Dubai of a Hamas military leader is that the movements of both victim and hit squad are captured on CCTV. Surveillance tapes both ...

Stuck in Park

by Elizabeth Knapp February 24, 2010

After months of deliberation, the Troy City Council made no progress in the proposed sale of the Uncle Sam parking garage, deadlocking Tuesday night in a 4-4 vote, with one abstention. The sale of the garage ...