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Volume 76, Number 32 January 3 - 9, 2007


Editorial/ Op-Ed
Priorities for our new governor
“Day One” has come and gone in Albany and now Governor Eliot Spitzer’s real work changing Albany begins. The new governor has laid out an ambitious agenda that will need deft political skills and public support to enact.

Talking Point
Liberalism, not interventionism, will work in Iran
By Andrei Codrescu
They are not just reading “Lolita” in Teheran. They are also reading Hannah Arendt, Karl Popper, Jurgen Habermas and Richard Rorty. A Velvet Revolution inspired by Western liberal philosophers is underway in Iran.


Notebook

Gerry Ford and Christian Darling’s one run for glory
By Jerry Tallmer
Many people think that the greatest short story ever written by an American is Irwin Shaw’s “The 80-Yard Run.” Greatest or not — my own vote goes to Hemingway’s “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” — it is in any event one of those terrific stories you never forget.

Police Blotter

Letter to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon

Villager photo by Q. Sakamaki

Double your New Year’s fun
Bartenders Tracy Hartman, left, and Jaimie Foley helped usher in the new year at the Double Down Saloon on Sunday night. Among the revelers at the 10-month-old Avenue A watering hole were Aron “Yippie Pie Man” Kay, a group of former East Village squatters and actor Jeff Branson of the soap opera “All My Children,” Foley’s boyfriend.


Speaker and nightlife owners toast new safety agreements
By Bonnie Rosenstock
With among the highest concentration of student residences in the city — carved out by such institutions as New York University, The Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts, New School University and New York Law School — the East Village is turning into the Village of the Dormed.


Arts and Entertainment

The Conversation
By Nicole Davis
Family members often figure in Jenny Perlin’s art and films, but for her latest installation, which opened at The Kitchen last weekend, the relative who inspired “Transcript” happens to be one she never met.

Inside The Writers Studio
By Jennifer DeMeritt
Twenty years ago, Philip Schultz started a writing program for a small group of poets and fiction writers in the living room of his apartment on Charles Street.

Sports

Metabolic testing for athletes and couch potatoes
By Judith Stiles
During the holiday season, yummy Christmas cookies, roast beef, plum pudding, Hollandaise sauce, fruitcake and chocolate truffles certainly delight taste buds around the world. However, they leave many a waistline in a woeful bulge, prompting new year’s resolutions galore.

NEWS
East Village seems dormed; Landmark will be converted
By Bonnie Rosenstock
With among the highest concentration of student residences in the city — carved out by such institutions as New York University, The Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts, New School University and New York Law School — the East Village is turning into the Village of the Dormed.

Heckle, Jekyll and Hyde: How to avoid ‘going Kramer’
By Lawrence Lerner
Bobby Slayton calls himself the pit bull of comedy. Judging from his stand-up set at Chelsea’s Gotham Comedy Club two weekends ago, that title is apropos.

Please don’t go: James Brown’s final Apollo show
By John Ranard
It takes more than practice to play the Apollo; you got to have soul. James Brown had a lot, enough to share and give a little to everyone who came to listen.


Nearly seventy years later, ‘Room Service’ still delivers
By Will McKinley
One of the great injustices of modern American popular culture is our collective lack of appreciation for the classics.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“The Painted Veil” (-)
This is the third time that W. Somerset Maugham’s novel of the same title has been brought to the screen.
“Letters From Iwo Jima” (+)
This is surely one of the great and historical depictions of World War II in the Pacific. It rivals the opening scenes of “Band of Brothers” in showing the beginning of the Allied onslaught against Nazi Germany on June 6, 1944 — D-Day on the beaches of Normandy
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