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A rough but accurate gauge of national resilience: When dictators fall, how soon do filmmakers rise again? In the case of Argentina, the recovery was impressively quick.

Toward the end of January, I received an invitation to a press opening for "Manet and the Sea," at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The last few years have seen renewed interest in the Weathermen.

Not wanting to curse Charlie Kaufman with too much praise, I'm tempted to say that his nonexistent twin Donald is the best American screenwriter since Preston Sturges.

Courtney Love's new record is called America's Sweetheart. Take that. It's a name that has been used facetiously by the press to describe her.

So Mel Gibson has been persecuted all the way to the bank.

My friends had one question for me after I saw Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ: Is it anti-Semitic?

Solo theatrical performances are like ads. Everyone claims to hate them but nevertheless finds the good ones irresistible. A good ad acts like a tonic, making a new idea easy to swallow.

Since Miles Davis died on September 28, 1991, the merchandising machine has been in overdrive, pushing repackaged classics (Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain), niche compilations and

Mel Gibson's movie is a blood libel against the Jewish people.

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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

Eric Alterman on 2014's best music, concerts and the year of the box set.

January 22, 2015