Tripping with Wilhelm Reich

Written by Alan Cabal on . Posted in Books, Posts

American Odyssey by Wilhelm Reich edited by Mary Boyd Higgins Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 453 pages, $27   Orgone Player In the course of my long sojourn on the fringes of our society, way out where the buses don’t run too often, I’ve occasionally come across adherents of the orgone theory of Wilhelm Reich. Not often, because they are [&hellip
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Defending Kissinger; Announcing TopDrawer.com’s IPO!

Written by Taki on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

LEMAÎTRE Defending Henry John Aspinall, England’s greatest gambler and wild animal breeder, gave a small dinner last week in honor of Henry Kissinger, the ex-Secretary of State having arrived in London to promote his third volume of memoirs. As we were only 12—Sir Denis Thatcher, Conrad Black, Lady Annabel Goldsmith…you get the picture—I had the opportunity to ask Henry the [&hellip
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The Clintons & Blueblood Rednecks

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

A Clinton-loathing friend of mine from New England is going gaga over George W. Bush, even though—or perhaps because—she doesn’t know the first thing about him. “Let’s get rid of the hicks!” she says. “Bring back the ruling class!” One doesn’t know quite how to break it to her, but as population and power move southward and westward, the hicks [&hellip
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Test Scores and Totalitarianism

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Rarely does news coverage break down so cleanly along easy political lines as it did when the dailies responded to the release of the New York state fourth-grade reading tests’ miserable results last week. “Private Schools Fare Little Better on New 4th-Grade Test,” The New YorkTimes announced. “Private Problem: Their school test results are less than stellar, too,” insisted Newsday. “Private [&hellip
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Al Gore’s Mondale Impersonation; Bush Conquers California

Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Bush Conquers California What a disastrous week for the hapless Al Gore. Not only was his impressive fundraising total for the first half of ’99 dwarfed by George W.Bush‘s astonishing $36.3 million, but his erstwhile bus buddy, Bill Clinton, was monopolizing the news cycle, doing his best to sabotage Gore’s flailing presidential campaign.   No, there’s not a rift [&hellip
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American Pie, Wild Wild West

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

American Pie directed by Paul and Chris Weitz Humor, Pink & Black American Pie brings new meaning to the phrase “coming of age,” and provides the South Park movie with its only serious competition for the title of Grossest Film of the Summer. A precision-tooled yuk (and yuck) machine designed to pander to teens and teens-at-heart, the film takes the subtext [&hellip
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Regret to Inform, Return with Honor

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Regret to Inform directed by Barbara Sonneborn   Return with Honor directed by Freida Lee Mock and Terry Sanders Hell No The Vietnam War, as one of two new documentaries about that subject reminds us, was America’s longest war. How long? Well, just as it was never declared, it evidently has no end. From some murky, undefinable point in [&hellip
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“I’m the Guy Who Writes ‘Dirty Sanchez’!” Writes the Guy Who Writes Dirty Sanchez

Written by Dirty Sanchez on . Posted in Posts

(“He says he’s got 15 simple reasons he writes the column, yawns the irritable Sister of Sanchez,” the Sister of Sanchez yawned irritably.) 1. BECAUSE I CAME UP WITH THIS ONE SNAPPY COMEBACK I came up with it like two weeks after I started doing the column. Like a year ago, right after my band—Bell Biv Devoe—delivered its third record. [&hellip
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An Unoriginal New Magazine Falls on Tin Eyes

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Will no one at the Voice edit Cynthia Cotts, even when she’s demonstrating the deepest ignorance about her subject? Here’s her opener to last week’s “Press Clips” column, a disastrous side trip from straight media reporting, at which she’s bad enough, into a realm of the most crass poetasting:   Go to the back of St. Mark’s Bookshop on East [&hellip
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