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HOME AND GARDEN SUPPLEMENT
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75 ECONOMIZING ENERGY
The gist of what you may have missed in the back pages of the global media maelstrom: fish on painkillers, misspent military aid, and more.
Kelly Granger reveals how easily energy can be wasted and the quick solutions and larger investments that can help fix inefficient homes.
26 NO HONOR IN KILLING Lorna Tychostup interviews Rana Husseini about her investigative work uncovering the cultural practice of honor killings in Jordan and the Mideast.
32 BEINHART’S BODY POLITIC Larry Beinhart brings to light who the US would really be hurting by bombing Iran.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK 34 DELUGE
82 THE BEEF OVER DOWNED COWS Lorrie Klosterman takes a look at health problems stemming from standard practices within the US meat and dairy industry.
BUSINESS SERVICES 68 TASTINGS A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it. 78 BUSINESS DIRECTORY A compendium of advertiser services. 87 WHOLE LIVING DIRECTORY For the positive lifestyle.
Hillary Harvey investigates what the predicted changes in tidal levels, temperature, and climate conditions could mean for the Hudson Valley, and what scenarios local governmental and environmental groups are planning for.
WHOLE LIVING GUIDE
NEWS AND POLITICS: HONOR KILLING A cartoon from the Jordan Times, August 19, 1999. Translation: The young woman reading the newspaper asks her father: “Oh Dad, I wish you would let me play sports. I promise I won’t wear shorts. Maybe I will become a famous athlete and will win medals and make my country proud.” The father replies: “My dear, you remind me of your cousin Najaw. She was a fast runner. I remember we ran 20 miles before we managed to shoot her.”
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ARTS & CULTURE 42 PORTFOLIO The photographic assemblages of Nicholas Walster.
44 LUCID DREAMING Beth E. Wilson reviews “Intimacies of Distant War” at the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz and examines the recent dust-up over Wafaa Bilal’s exhibit “Virtual Jihadi” at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.
47 MUSEUM AND GALLERY GUIDE 50 MUSIC Peter Aaron profiles rock legend Genya Ravan. Amy Laber Cold, Cold Year Reviewed by David Malachowski. Happy Rhodes Find Me Reviewed by Sharon Nichols. Jazzhop Revolution Tha Sound of Truth Reviewed by Erik Lawrence.
54 BOOKS Tobias Seamon profiles Pulitzer Prize winning author Steven Millhauser.
56 BOOK REVIEWS Hollis Seamon reviews Willing by Scott Spencer. Jay Blotcher reviews The Execution of Willie Francis by Gilbert King.
Brian K. Mahoney discovers the pleasures of sourdough pizza at Baba Louie’s in Hudson and Great Barrington.
120 PARTING SHOT Doppelgänger: 01.16.07, a photographic assemblage by Cornelia Hediger.
THE FORECAST 101 DAILY CALENDAR Comprehensive listings of local events. (Daily updates of calendar listings are posted at Chronogram.com.) PREVIEWS 101 Prison Pictures exhibted at KMOCA, April 5 through April 28. 107 Jowe Head will be performing at Claude’s in Phoenicia on April 18. 108 The annual Beltane Festival at the Center for Symbolic Studies on April 26. 111 The Altercation Punk Standup Tour will be at Keegan Ales in Kingston on April 8 and the Tuscan Cafe in Warwick on April 15. 112 Catskill Ballet Theatre presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream April 25 through 27 at the Ulster Performing Arts in Kingston.
PLANET WAVES 114 WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? Eric Francis Coppolino discusses the politics of human necessities. Plus horoscopes.
ANNIE DWYER INTERNICOLA
Poems by Rachel Asher, Mariam Birouti, Alan Catlin, Benjamin Fractenberg, James Houtrides, Richard Loranger, Ashley Madera, Ryan Marz, Jess Mullen, Robin Sarah O’Day, James Sherwood, Joan Siegel, and James Spencer.
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With proﬁts declining, Polaroid announced in February that it plans to discontinue production of all instant ﬁlm by the end of this year, but Polaroidologist Patrick Winﬁeld is not worried. “I’m optimistic,” Winﬁeld says. “But if the time comes [when Polaroid ﬁlm is no longer available] I’ll just advance and pick something else up.” Working with Polaroid cameras for the past four years, Winﬁeld’s background in graphic design shines through in the crafted structures of the composites, combining the tight lines of graphic design with the broad strokes of the artist. Winﬁeld shoots with many diﬀerent cameras, but likes his Polaroid best. “It’s that creaminess,” he says, “that seductive, almost nostalgic look that you get from it.” He also enjoys the instant gratiﬁcation of the ﬁlm, being able to hold it in his hand and work with it as soon as it’s shot. “It’s more like drawing in a sense. You can see the line or the ﬁnished piece instantly, it’s very nice to work that way,” Winﬁeld says. He places his work into two main categories, one being abstract, which Last Laugh falls into. “It’s like a call-and-response,” Winﬁeld says. “I create an image and compare it to what I have and work from that, it’s a bit more free-ﬂowing.” He also categorizes his works as representational—landscapes or ﬁgure studies. Going out and taking pictures are where his ideas sprout from for those pieces. Winﬁeld will ﬁnd a single photo he likes and build on it. Taking the picture home, he’ll stretch it out, ﬁguring out how to grid it and get it on ﬁlm before he takes the rest of the pictures for the piece. Winﬁeld ﬁnds inspiration in diverse places, from authors and artists spanning the centuries, everything from Egyptian sources to Dada and modern art. David Hockney, who also arranged Polaroids into collages, has been a signiﬁcant inﬂuence. Winﬁled also ﬁnds inspiration in nature. “I’m always drawn back to nature,” he says. “I feel most comfortable walking, hiking, being outside.” Wanting to push his work further, Winﬁeld has just ﬁnished two large commission pieces over 40 inches long. He plans on creating a composite that is 60 inches long in the near future. Winﬁeld says he has enough instant ﬁlm to last him the rest of the year and to ﬁnish his upcoming projects, just in case a company does not pick up the license, but he is hopeful someone will. “There are other ﬁlms I could work with doing this composite grid and hopefully it will make me a better artist.” Patrick Winﬁeld’s exhibit “Composites,” comprised of 21 photographic pieces, is being shown at Open Space, 510 Main Street in Beacon, through April 5. (845) 765-0731; www.openspacebeacon.com. Portfolio: www.patrickwinﬁeld.com. —Tara Quealy
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To the Editor: In the 3/08 issue of Chronogram, Larry Beinhart argues that what we call morals are societally—or even sometimes genetically—codiﬁed survival lessons from trial-and-error species experience. Every human is a cooperative community of many kinds of cells. Skin cells do not cheat liver cells out of their blood supply. Bone cells do not go to war against kidney cells. Eye cells do not compete against pituitary cells. If one wise-guy cell thinks he’s so smart for being greedy (i.e., becoming cancer), and snickers smugly at his prosperity, he eventually learns that the boring old-time cells knew what they were talking about, because the organism dies from the cancer, and the cancer dies along with it. It’s an expensive lesson, and yet no cancer lives to pass on this knowledge to aspiring future cancers. But healthy organisms do get to pass on the eons-old success of cooperation. Outside the individual human body, purity of cooperation is less critical. One individual can behave quite badly without being lethal to the species. When a signiﬁcant percentage of people take more than they need, then we’re in trouble. At some point, individual property rights become greed. At some point, individual territorial claims become war and genocide. Socially, horizontal societies do not rush to war, while hierarchical ones war far more than makes any kind of sense from a societal beneﬁt point of view. Bonobos are more cooperative than closely related chimps. In short, genetically inﬂuenced behavior that is not actually lethal to the species will get passed on as successfully as truly beneﬁcial traits, and will be exalted by some as the right thing to do. And, too, while every cancer dies out, the mutation to make new cancers keeps cropping up. So an argument that greed is good, or war is good, or hierarchy, or any behavior, based on what humans have done, or what other species have done, is not as neatly consistent as some might posit. I have to ask, in this vein of arguable consistency, how Mr. Beinhart ﬁnds consistency in his argument re: sex. He says that the costs of raising children discourage sexual proﬂigacy. Okay. But he then includes masturbation, gay sex, and bestiality in the eﬀort and resource debit column, though none of these activities produce any children. If there is a commonsense value in proscribing these activities, it would be that they reduce births, and, in hard times, the species can’t aﬀord to NOT have enough children to assure species continuity. So, morals change with conditions. Eﬀorts by “values voters” to maintain morals beyond their usefulness is counterproductive to sustaining widespread faith in the worth of morality. —Michael Quackenbush, Hyde Park
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