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The Nation

on Feb 2, 2015 - 14:16 PM ET
Andrew Sullivan

My new Nation column is “Fox News: The World’s Comic Relief”: Our friends abroad give the network the derision and the mockery it deserves.”

One kvetch before we get to the lists and Alter-reviews: I have read a lot of nonsense about Andrew Sullivan this past week. It’s ironic for so many reasons I can’t quite keep track, especially in light of all the nonsense...

on Jan 22, 2015 - 12:47 PM ET
The Beatles

My newest Nation column is “Theater of the Absurd” with a subhed:

“In the wake of the Paris attacks, moral idiots play their predictable roles.”

So I’ve lost Reed. It’s shame as his work was terrific—better, on some occasions, than my own—but he could no longer justify the time. In the meantime I’ve decided to add a bit of content in the...

Arts and Entertainment, Music
on Jan 12, 2015 - 16:22 PM ET
Ohio early voting

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There’s not been an Altercation in a while, so here are a few pieces I’ve put up of late.

Bill de Blasio Is Just Getting Started

The former activist and New York public advocate discusses his first year as mayor.

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on Dec 15, 2014 - 15:47 PM ET
Chris Hughes

My new Nation column is called “The Trouble With Democrats.”

I’ve written quite a bit about The New Republic over the years, though nothing since Marty Peretz was forced out and it ceased to be a problem in my life. I’ve chosen not to say anything of substance regarding Chris Hughes and the current conundrum he has created because I think the issues...

on Dec 10, 2014 - 17:15 PM ET
CIA Headquarters

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Alter-reviews:
Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1, 1973-1984 (eight CDs)
Leonard Cohen: Live in Dublin (three CDs/one DVD)
The Complete Welcome Back, Kotter and WKRP in Cincinnati on DVD
New James Brown and Bob Marley concerts on DVD and Blu-ray, respectively
Side Show on Broadway

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on Dec 2, 2014 - 17:10 PM ET
Bill Cosby

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Alter-reviews:
Steve Tyrell at the Café Carlyle
Tammy Faye Starlite at Joe’s Pub
Some Beatles-related stuff

Steve Tyrell’s run at the Carlyle is now in its eleventh year, since he was chosen to replace the (nearly) immortal Bobby Short. It was a gutsy choice at the time, since Tyrell was a relative newcomer to the cabaret scene...

Media, Music, Society