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What does it mean that a whopping 70 percent of Americans, according to a recent New York Times-CBS News poll, believe that mass culture is responsible for debasing our moral values?

To hear conservatives describe it, the only video appearances that hurt John Kerry more than that of Osama bin Laden were those of Hollywood celebrities, who united behind his candidacy as never

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

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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