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Scarlett Johansson as the title character in Luc Besson’s Lucy

How Scarlett Johansson learned to become aloof from her own seductiveness.

Orpheus (2008), by Trevor Winkfield

Trevor Winkfield is a connoisseur of the original, spare and strange.

Sarah Polley and Michael Polley in Stories We Tell

In Stories We Tell, actor turned director Sarah Polley interrogates her past, revealing that our stories are our dearest form of property.

Ellar Coltrane, age 7, in Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is as modest and patient an act of daredevilry as has ever been achieved on film.

Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed’s The Orchard of Lost Souls is a haunting and powerful novel.

Madonna and Child With Four Saints (Spedalingo Altarpiece), by Rosso Fiorentino

Why Italian Mannerists like Rosso Fiorentino were painting’s first avant-garde.

Pops, Cleo, Yvonne and Mavis Staples perform in a church.

For the Staple Singers and Stax Records, political engagement flowed from an artistic renaissance.

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In this week’s Altercation Eric honors artists and writers whose careers have stood the test of time.

May 5, 2015

The May Day occupation is part of an escalating campaign to get the Guggenheim to end the exploitation of migrant workers at the museum's Abu Dhabi site.

May 4, 2015

The Nation's critic in 1931 said the museum would abet the snobbery that believes "American painting is a second-rate affair."

April 27, 2015

This week's Altercation includes reviews of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's tributes to music icons and the darkly comedic Broadway hit Hand To God.

April 23, 2015

The best live shows, audiobooks and Eric's funeral playlist: it's all inside today's Altercation.

April 14, 2015

The best response to the new Daily Show host’s sexism would be to put more women in the writers’ room.

March 31, 2015

Eric responds to his critics and reviews the best shows of the week in today's Altercation.

March 25, 2015

"Everybody thought everybody was fooling everybody. And both of us were probably right to a certain extent, everybody was fooling each of us."

March 19, 2015

The best TV shows, albums and concerts: it's all inside today's Altercation.

March 12, 2015

A win for the Edward Snowden documentary is a win for democracy.

February 23, 2015