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An analysis of the BBC's documentary on Al Qaeda and Islamic terrorism.

The progressive and regressive politics of Star Wars.

An interview with Peter Eisenman, architect of Berlin's new Holocaust memorial.

The politics of a progressive playwright.

Max Ernst at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

She has the face of a mermaid--a real one, not a Disney blonde. The wide
undulant mouth drinks in her world like oxygen; the hazel eyes reflect a
bent and wavering light.

TV shows that tell you how not to raise your children.

Your movie reviewer has been reading Colin MacCabe's excellent book on
Jean-Luc Godard and pondering its discussion of France after World War
II.

Al Gore's Current TV debuts today. But will his new network transform the media?

As part of a nationwide festival of tributes to Pete Seeger in 2005, Studs Terkel offered this essay on the life and times of an American balladeer.

Blogs

One of the most powerful tools white power groups use to spread their ideology to young people is music.

June 23, 2015

Today's Altercation features interesting and relatively obscure cover songs.

June 18, 2015

Sometimes the best things are the least appreciated.

June 1, 2015

Songs about war and attendant suffering cut across all musical genres.

May 22, 2015

A new movie from Andrew Niccol stars Ethan Hawke as a pilot fighting terrorists from the ’burbs of Las Vegas.

May 15, 2015

Three million Vietnamese names, etched on copper plates 13 feet high.

May 11, 2015

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