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Marina Abramovic Is a Fan of the Mattress Girl

Marina Abramovic is impressed with Emma Sulkowicz, the art student who has been carrying around a mattress to protest Columbia University's tepid response to her rape allegations.

“I really want to meet her,” Abramovic said at last night's after-party for her new show, "Generator," at Sean Kelly Gallery. “Many people don’t have the willpower to stick to something no matter what, and that’s what she’s doing.”


Billy Porter Has a Thing for White Lady Pills

Name: Billy Porter
Age: 45
Neighborhood: Harlem
Occupation: Artist. Tony-winning actor, Kinky Boots. Playwright, While I Yet Live, which runs through October 31.

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Billy Strayhorn. He’s a genius, and grew up in my neighborhood in Pittsburgh, black, gay, and out. He paved the way for me, and he wrote one of the quintessential jazz songs of all time, “Lush Life.”


How Well Does the Clinton Brand Still Play in the Conservative South?

“At election time, sometimes people come get me. And I feel like an old racehorse in a stable — people just take me out, put me on the track, slap me on the rear, and see if I can run around one more time,” Bill Clinton told a group of rallygoers who turned out to see the former president in New Hampshire last week. He’s been using some version of that joke a lot in the final month of the campaign, and you can be sure he’s going to use it more: Across the country, worried Democrats are counting on the Clinton magic to save them from Election Day humiliation.


Here Are Some Things New Yorkers Should Be More Afraid of Than Ebola

You are not going to get Ebola on the subway. You are not going to get Ebola in your Uber. You are not going to get Ebola in a semi-ironic Williamsburg bowling alley. You are almost definitely not going to get Ebola at all.

Dr. Craig Spencer and his quarantined friends aside, “There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed,” said soothing dad Bill de Blasio last night. “Ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract.” Walking down the street in New York City every day is far riskier. Even city dwellers’ most common irrational fears — crashing scaffolding, crashing Seamless — are more likely than contracting Ebola, because at least they’ve happened to more than one person. Using that complex math, we’ve determined that the following things, however unlikely, are still worth fearing over Ebola.


How Conservatives Justify Poll Taxes

During the Obama era, the Republican Party has made the modern revival of the poll tax a point of party dogma. Direct poll taxes have been illegal for 50 years, but the GOP has discovered a workaround. They have passed laws requiring photo identification, forcing prospective voters who lack them, who are disproportionately Democratic and nonwhite, to undergo the extra time and inconvenience of acquiring them. They have likewise fought to reduce early voting hours on nights and weekends, thereby making it harder for wage workers and single parents, who have less flexibility at work and in their child care, to cast a ballot.


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