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Jon Sobel is an Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Culture, where he reviews NYC theater; he also covers interesting music releases. He writes the blog Park Odyssey, for which he is visiting and blogging every park in New York City—over a thousand of them. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. By night he's a working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

CD REVIEW: Danny Barnes, Get Myself Together

Danny Barnes's quintessentially American music is quirky, sincere, modern and rooted all at the same time. Read More »

FDA Official Resigns Over Delay In Approval of Emergency Contraception

Susan Wood, director of the FDA's Office of Women's Health, has submitted her resignation in protest over what appears to be another instance of the Bush Administration overruling the opinions of its own scientists. Read More »

Republican Leader Blasts Own Party’s Climate Scientist “Witch Hunt”

The purpose of the investigation, Boehert said in a letter, "seems to be to intimidate scientists rather than to learn from them." Read More »

Buddhism Underground

This is the first in an occasional series about my exploration of Buddhism while riding the New York subway. Read More »

INDIE ROUND-UP for August 25 2005

This week’s all-female edition of the Indie Round-Up is brought to you by the Sisterhood of the Happy Pants. INDIE ROUND-UP for August 25 2005 === Cruiserweight, Sweet Weaponry Like a female-fronted Green Day or a slightly sped-up Letters to Cleo (Telegrams to Cleo?), Cruiserweight weighs in with a strong album of pop-punk. The band’s crisp songwriting isn’t brilliant, but ... Read More »

Theater Review: Revolution Row

Joined by an assortment of activists from other socially liberal causes, the gay refuseniks overload the federal prison system by refusing to pay their taxes, leading to a national civil crisis. Read More »

INDIE ROUND-UP for August 11 2005

After a brief hiatus during which we completely exhausted ourselves running the Read More »

Pot City

The cover story of this week’s Time Out New York is about good places to go when you’re stoned. That’s right: high on marijuana, an illegal drug. And despite a loose tie-in to the new TV show Weeds, the article really is what it purports to be. Hooray for freedom of the press, I say. They can’t take that away ... Read More »

CD Review: Helion Magister, Vaquero

With the opening bars you know right where you are: back in 1966 San Francisco, tripping your brains out. Read More »

No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition

Lately I‘ve been paying a lot of attention to Sen. Rick Santorum. Among politicians, he’s unusually good at articulating the views of the Christian right, and he’s also willing to debate on the record. Flogging his new book, It Takes a Family, on WNYC yesterday, Santorum accused the Left of promoting “radical individualism” at the expense of the family. The ... Read More »