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Staff Picks – October 2013

first_imgCHRIS’ PICKBOB DYLAN: ANOTHER SELF PORTRAIT (1969-1971) THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 10 (COLUMBIA/LEGACY RECORDINGS)Released just in time to coincide with the changing of leaves from green to bright red and orange and rustic brown hues before winter winds whisk them from their branches and litter the ground, so too will this latest edition of Dylan’s acclaimed Bootleg Series brush emotional, intimate watercolor splashes and bursts across the secret canvas of your mind before vanishing like whispers, residual swirls of phantom loves and gypsies and heartache and triumph hanging around long after the songs have been sung. These 35 rarities, demos, alternate takes and previously unreleased recordings—available in both as a two-disc set or four-disc deluxe box set (which includes the complete Dylan and The Band’s 1969 Isle of Wight gig, a newly remastered version of 1970’s Self Portrait and two hardcover books of liner notes)—reveal different shades of the man who created such colorful magic, too.#TOMOTHY’S PICKMCCALL WINES’ 2010 CORCHAUG ESTATE PINOT NOIRSince this seriously sultry red wine’s reserve won the New York Wine and Food Classic prize in August, helping this Cutchogue winery earn the title of best in the state, bottles have been playing hard-to-get. The surest way to taste this plumby, world-class vintage barrel aged in French oak is to make the trip to the heart of the North Fork wine trail, where McCall’s tasting room lies in a converted horse barn on their Peconic Bay farm. The dark cherry balanced with nuanced aromas of strawberry and spice sets up a structured, elegant finish that wine lovers say pairs perfectly with another LI delicacy:Pekin duck.RASHED’S PICKI SHALL NOT HATE: A GAZA DOCTOR’S JOURNEY ON THE ROAD TO PEACE AND HUMAN DIGNITY BY DR. IZZELDIN ABUELAISHMore than 100,000 people have been killed in the ongoing Syrian civil war, thousands of whom are women and children, terror attacks are commonplace across the globe, and violent confrontations between Palestinians and Israelis shatter hope of a peaceful resolution between the two sides. Despite all this, a ray of sunlight cuts through the despair. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian physician whose three daughters were killed by Israeli soldiers in 2009, is using his anguish as a force for good instead of revenge by imploring people of different religions, ethnicities and beliefs to choose words over guns and bombs. His hope, as he writes in his book, is that other children—Palestinian and Israeli—don’t fall victim to further clashes. Get ready to be inspired.  SPENCER’S PICKNIKOLA TESLA—“THE BLUE PORTRAIT”Everybody got a postcard-sized print of the visionary inventor at a special event in Shoreham hosted by the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe last month. To spark the occasion the Republic of Serbia presented a monument where their native son had once erected a tower almost 200 feet high that he hoped would provide wireless power to the world for free. With luck and more funding, Wardenclyffe will someday soon be open to the public. Tesla dubbed this 1916 painting the “Blue Portrait” because he had the studio bathed in blue light as he posed in Manhattan for his friend, Princess Vilma Lwoff-Parlaghy, an aristocratic Hungarian artist. On Tesla’s 75th birthday in 1931, Time magazine ran a cropped version on the cover. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

It’s time for real action in America to stop the killing

first_imgAfter the Las Vegas slaughter, President Trump wanted to talk about mental illness — though there is no evidence the killer was mentally ill — but wasn’t willing to talk about changes in gun laws.However, he did promise, “We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”Enough time has gone by, Mr. President.Another 17 are dead, teenagers who will not come home to their parents and siblings, teachers who will never stand before another class of eager students.It’s time we forget the slogans that diminish the role that guns play in these tragedies and figure out how to keep weapons meant for use on the battlefield out of our schools and churches and off our streets.Linda Chavez, a nationally syndicated columnist, is chair of the Center for Equal Opportunity and a senior fellow at the Niskanen Center. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? But without an AR-15 at his disposal, a deranged young man would most likely not be able to wreak the kind of carnage we saw here.The Second Amendment was not meant to put such lethal weapons in the hands of individuals intent on killing their fellow citizens — and it’s time we quit pretending otherwise.I own guns.As someone who has often lived in remote places, far away from police in an emergency, I appreciate the right to be able to protect myself.But I am also willing to accept that my right does not extend to amassing an arsenal or purchasing weapons more appropriate for military use than self-protection or sport.Most Americans, I suspect, agree with me, even those who own guns.So why do politicians refuse to consider even sensible restrictions that might keep guns, especially the most lethal ones, out of the hands of would-be mass murderers? In October, a madman killed 58 people at an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas, the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.The perpetrator had a virtual arsenal at his disposal, which he had amassed over time, with no authority scrutinizing why he was buying so many guns and so much ammunition.To do so, Second Amendment purists contend, would be to violate his rights, as if the Founding Fathers thought every citizen in a well-regulated militia should have a right to equip himself with more lethal firepower than the British expended at the battles of Lexington and Concord, where only 49 colonists died.In November, another deranged individual walked into a small church in rural Texas and killed 26 parishioners.Indeed, churches have, in recent years, been a favorite target of mass shooters, including Dylann Roof, who was convicted of murdering nine people in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.Schools, too, have been the frequent scene of horrendous killings.Perhaps the most horrific was Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where the victims were 20 6- and 7-year-olds and six teachers. But other school killings come to mind: Columbine High School in suburban Denver, where 13 innocent people died, as well as Virginia Tech, where a student killed 32 people.The death count goes on and on — and has been mounting at an alarming rate recently.Three of the 10 most lethal killings in modern U.S. history have occurred in the past five months. How many more people have to die before Congress acts?Donald Trump was once a champion of sensible controls on guns.In 2000, he wrote in his book “The America We Deserve,” “I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.”In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, Trump tweeted, “President Obama spoke for me and every American” when he called for stronger gun laws in response.But he changed his position when he sought the GOP nomination for president, largely because the National Rifle Association and its members might have derailed his chances. Categories: Editorial, OpinionGuns don’t kill people; people do.We’ve heard it time and again, usually after some horrific shooting like the one that occurred in a Florida high school on Wednesday, which left 17 people who had been about to leave school on Valentine’s Day dead.Of course, a person pulled the trigger, allegedly a 19-year-old who had been expelled from the school.last_img read more

Industry puts weight behind sellers’ survey

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