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No doubt as you read this, we are all experiencing the fallout of another mid-term election, trying to calm down and make sense of what just happened, as we pick the candidate’s signs off yards and street corners, and finally—blissfully—tune out the TV news coverage. Though I won’t be able to change my predictions due to print deadline, I believe I can safely prognosticate that most regional incumbents will prevail (especially if John Hall can rally), and Andrew Cuomo will be New York’s Governor. Wood knocked, fingers crossed…

Just have to say though: for so many reasons, I honestly can’t imagine Carl Paladino governing this state, nor that there are enough people here in New York who actually think he would be a good choice for the job, let alone get him elected. Besides, if going viral on YouTube is any indicator, that bizarre Jimmy “Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan guy is going to pull a lot of crazy from ol’ Carl. Sure hope so anyway, as Carl needs to shuffle on off to Buffalo, back to collecting rent from the U.S. government and spewing his racy and racist emails to whoever enjoys that sort of thing.

Ah, sorry to kick it off like this, I’m just pretty much at political saturation right now, and don’t have a very good outlet for the tension at present, not being in the future with you all yet. And you know, you can only flick the lever in the voting booth with so much force without breaking it. This I actually know. And I’m just not going to dress up in stars and stripes, carry a hate-ee-du-jour-with-Hitler-mustache sign, and find some unemployed folks to yell at. Just not how I play.

Nope, I’m going to enjoy the scenery in my backyard, and remind myself what’s real. As the song goes, King Harvest has surely come, and we’ve got some interesting artists to tell you about this month. Shokan-based composer George Tsontakis is considered one of the top American contemporary composers, with a full schedule of premieres and performances of his work coming in the next year. He’s also a highly esteemed professor at Bard College, and frequent thespian in local productions. Our kind of artist!

Graphic novel and comic book artist Jim Starlin is hardly a public person, even eschewing appearances at the ever-popular conventions. But if you’ve had any interest in comic books growing up, cool stuff like Silver Surfer and Sub-Mariner, you’ve seen his work, all right. And with his spicy new memoir, there is much that can be learned about the dark underbelly of the comic biz. Also, this month marks the 20th anniversary of Time and Space Limited in Hudson, where a hardy group has been providing a format for digital cinema and simulcasts (Met Opera, National Theatre) as well as art installations and live music performances. An evening at TSL is one of the best deals around in terms of price and quality, and with the new Club Helsinki down the street, should be another compelling reason to get to Hudson sometime soon.

And though we mention the Queen’s Galley frequently in this magazine, this month Roll talks to its leader and founder Diane Reeder, a person who (in my opinion) should be considered a living saint in any truly civilized culture. Thanks to the ongoing economic slump, Queen’s Galley has been feeding and helping out more than twice the usual amount of people with only half their usual donations. You should try doing that sometime, if you aren’t having to already. But they somehow manage. There is always a need for help and funding though, so please visit the Galley website——if you feel like helping fight the good fight.

So let us wish you a fine post-Election Day Thanksgiving, and we hope you have much to be thankful for. We here at Roll are deeply thankful to you, Dear Reader, as you obviously care about staying informed about important things like art, ecology, and creative living in the Hudson Valley. You—like the good folks featured in this magazine—make this a special place to live!

Cheers, Ross Rice
Editor, Roll Magazine

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