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No musical life has been told more often than Wagner's. Biographies have wafted incense around him, or been incensed by him.

You may recall the to-do occasioned two winters past by a certain shift in the mise-en-scène at the United Nations.

Also in this issue, an essay on Romare Bearden by Arthur C. Danto .

Also in this issue, Branford Marsalis talks about Romare Bearden with Adam Shatz.

As times change, so do the questions that a movie prompts.

On the morning of November 25, 1970, the body of a young African-American male was recovered from the foot of the Congress Street Pier in Brooklyn.

Travistan will keep kids asking questions about music, politics and life.

In the players' handbooks that once circulated among commedia dell'arte troupes, the wandering actors of early modern Italy used to set down inventories of the lazzi, or comic turns

The remarkably gifted artist Francesca Woodman abruptly ended her brief life and career on January 19, 1981, leaping to her death from a window in her New York studio.

"Mosh" could be one of the most overtly political pop music videos ever produced.

Blogs

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

For people who truly care about this issue, there's more to do than glory in Ms. Arquette's acceptance speech.

February 23, 2015

The ’60s crooner was a pioneer for women’s and LGBT rights in the entertainment industry and for social justice everywhere.

February 19, 2015

Eric previews his new book on de Blasio's fight to make New York a more equitable city and reviews the city's latest shows: it's all inside today's Altercation.

February 17, 2015

From Andrew Sullivan's departure from the blogosphere to Birdman's inevitable wins at the Oscars: it's all inside today's Altercation.

February 2, 2015