Legendary Phantom Tollbooth Illustrator Jules Feiffer On Wanting to Overthrow the Government [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

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Jules Feiffer in his Voice years
You've either never read the Phantom Tollbooth, or it's your favorite book. The first time you met Milo, you were probably his age, around 10, and Tollbooth seemed like a sweet little chapter book about a boy who's always bored and aimless. One day, a tollbooth materializes in his room, and with nothing much else to do, he hops into his little blue car and drives through, into a lovely story about words, math, and saving the two beautiful princesses of Rhyme and Reason. By the time you realize the whole book is an allegory, it's too late. You've already absorbed some meaningful life lessons about being ethical, industrious, and not eating too much Subtraction Soup.

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EXCLUSIVE: Rafalca Romney, Mitt Romney's Dressage Horse, Speaks to the Voice!

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Like much of America, we at the Village Voice have been bemused by Rafalca Romney, Mitt Romney's dressage horse who will be competing in the XXX Olympiad in London tomorrow. Imagine our surprise when we noticed that @RafalcaRomney was Tweeting*! We immediately emailed her, and Rafalca was more than happy to share her thoughts on being Mitt's horse, the difficulties of tweeting with hooves, the even more harsh realities of living off of expenditures that exceed those of the average American family's each year, and traveling to London via FedEx.

Thank you for speaking to the Voice by email from London, Rafalca! An indelicate question for a lady first: How old are you?

I'm a 15-year-old Oldenburg warmblood mare. Translation: I'm pretty as hell.

When did you first start Tweeting?

I decided to save the world sometime in late April.

Is it hard to Tweet with hooves?

Typing with hooves is not easy, even with a custom-fitted equine keyboard. Usually, I just dictate tweets to my PA.

Apple or Android?

I like Apples. Mitt's an Android guy.

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Neil Munro of The Daily Caller: Here's The Only Clean Audio Of What He Heckled At President Obama [EXCLUSIVE]

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Steven Thrasher
Munro interrupting President Obama in the Rose Garden
After reading Megan Carpentier's Raw Story article about our experience in the White House Rose Garden standing next to Daily Caller heckler Neil Munro, we decided to go back and listen to the audio we were recording on our iPhone of the event, and compare it to other news outlets' audio.

Shockingly, it's cleaner than anything else we've found online -- clearer than the White House's audio or even NPR's (because, of course, their microphones were trained at President Obama and we happened to be next to Munro).

If you want to hear what Munro actually said (with his, ahem, immigrant Irish accent), take a listen. It's in three chunks, with brief silences between. The first segment is when Munro first jumps in, the second is when Obama answers him (and Munro tries to interrupt again), and the third is right after the president finishes his remarks and Munro yells out again.

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Millenium Film Workshop Being Evicted By La Mama E.T.C.

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An interesting story out of the East Village tonight: Millenium Film Workshop, the legendary film collective founded by director Ken Jacobs in 1966 (whose Seeking the Monkey King was just screened at Sundance and won an award from the National Society of Film Critics) is being evicted from the building it has occupied on East 4th Street since 1975.

The cause (a failure to pay rent for "about ten months," according to board member Jay Hudson) is not an unusual one leading to an eviction. Nor would the fact Millenium has had drastic cuts from the New York State Council for the Arts be an excuse a landlord would typically accept for such a large sum of unpaid rent.

But this is somewhat unusual: the party evicting Millenium is not a speculator, nor an investment firm, nor a international bank. In no way do they match the typical description of a profit driven greedy landlord.

Quite the opposite, in fact: the evicting landlord is another not-for-profit: it's La Mama E.T.C. (Experimental Theatre Club), Millenium's neighbor since it, too, set up on East 4th Street.

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How Occupy Wall Street Got Hoaxed: The Email From Radiohead's 'Manager'

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Rosie Gray
A protester's sign at Zuccotti yesterday: "Where is Radiohead?"
There was a lot of confusion down at Zuccotti Park yesterday, where protesters -- and the media, and about a zillion music fans -- thought that Radiohead was going to come and perform around 4 p.m. They didn't, despite an Occupy Wall Street press conference saying that they would. Nobody was sure of what was going on.

The rumor took on a life of its own. By our count there were at least 1,000 people on the scene yesterday afternoon, though many of them were misguided Radiohead fans. During the group's massive General Assembly yesterday, there were calls of, "If you're here for the concert, go home!"

OWS has released a statement apologizing for the confusion, though yesterday evening consensus still hadn't been reached about what exactly happened. Hero Vincent, one of the men responsible for Occupy's PR, told us that "there were no tricks and no pranks. Just miscommunication." As it turns out, there were all three -- and we've been able to pinpoint the exact source of the mess.

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NYPD Tells the Voice Marijuana Order Will Apply to All Police, Not Just "Uniformed" Cops

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Rickard Blommengren
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's memo ordering the NYPD to stop arresting people for low level marijuana possession not in plain view will apply to "all police officers," not just "uniformed members of the service," the Voice has learned.

When WNYC broke the story about Kelly's memo on Friday, there was one glaring term that gave those concerned about marijuana arrests pause: the order applied to "uniformed members of the service."

Was Kelly, drug reform advocates and NYPD insiders wondered, giving himself some wiggle room here? Was this merely a loophole to allow plainclothes narcotics police to continue using stop-and-frisks to arrest New Yorkers for pot?

According to WNYC, the "NYPD did not respond to a request for comment" on Ailsa Chang's scoop on Friday. However, the department responded to a question about it to the Voice on Sunday, and confirmed that Kelly's order does, in fact, apply to "all police officers."


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Kitty Lambert, First Wed New York Lesbian, Will Join Former NOM Operative Louis Marinelli on Marriage Equality Tour

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This just in: if politics makes strange bed fellows, same-sex marriage makes them all the stranger. Kitty Lambert, one half of the first same-sex couple married in New York State just after midnight Sunday, will be joining Louis Marinelli on the National Organization for Marriage Equality Tour this summer, Marinelli tells the Voice.

Why is this significant? Marinelli is straight, conservative, and was the tech guru for NOM, the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage. As recently as last summer, he was driving the truck and the social media operations for NOM on their anti-gay marriage tour. But during that time, Marinelli tells us, "My heart was changed because I went out and saw people like Kitty, and couples like Kitty and Cheryle [Rudd]. I heard what they had to say, and I saw them as human beings." When he converted to being a marriage equality supporter, Marinelli not only dumped NOM, but became one heck of a knowledgeable defector. He's now founded NOME, and is launching the Summer for Marriage Equality Tour next month in San Diego.


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New York Press to Close? Manhattan Media Publisher Tom Allon Makes No Promises Beyond Labor Day

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The days are numbered for New York City's other alternative weekly. We hear that the New York Press will likely cease publication by the summer's end if Manhattan Media can't sell the title or at least the website.

"Everything is always potentially for sale for the right price," Manhattan Media publisher and CEO Tom Allon told us today. "If anyone has any interest in the paper or the New York Press website, we're all ears."

Press editor-in-chief Jerry Portwood recently left for a job at Out magazine, following culture and entertainment editor Adam Rathe, who also departed this month. Meanwhile, the paper's contrarian film critic Armond White has been named editor of CityArts, a Manhattan Media culture publication. The rearrangement is perhaps a symptom of an uncertain future for the paper, which today named Marissa Maier as editor-in-chief. (Maier works currently as a writer for the Hamptons community paper The Sag Harbor Express.) But her run at the Press, a longtime Village Voice competitor, could be extremely short.

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Sara Romanoski, Woman Who Spilled Wine on Glenn Beck, Tells Her Side

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You may have heard that someone spilled wine on Glenn Beck's wife Monday evening in Bryant Park. Sara Romanoski, a 25-year-old Manhattanite with a penchant for Hitchcock movies, is the culprit. Surprisingly, though Beck has wept about it and many have written about it, no one has bothered to actually speak to the klutz holding the glass spilled 'round the world.

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Michael Bloomberg Sued by Reporter Over Cathie Black Freedom of Information Requests

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Today, I am suing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Last year, Bloomberg baffled New Yorkers when he appointed publishing executive Cathie Black to be the city's next schools chancellor. Black was an unpopular choice, and for months, responses to her appointment ran the gamut of ridicule, confusion, and outrage.

Black's tenure came to an abrupt end in April, when the mayor asked her to step down from the post after just three months on the job. New Yorkers who opposed her appointment were vindicated, but the question remained: What led the mayor to make such a choice?

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