The Village Voice has a very timely retrospective of its first fifty years-- including a great gallery of front page images. When we were growing up in the city, the Voice was the end-all-and-be-all of alternative news weeklies-- it had far left politics, alterno-culture, racy features, salacious ads at the back-- the whole deal. Over the last few years the Voice has been trending downhill-- sort of becoming a slightly classier New York Press-- and this week it was announced that the New Times conglomerate purchased the paper. It seems unlikely the Voice will ever return to its own glory-- which is too bad-- they've done some amazing stuff in the past.