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Cartoon, Screwing the World (1984), by David Levine

Victor Navasky’s The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and their Enduring Power

Taylor Swift at the Z100 Jingle Ball, New York City, 2012

Profligate, prolific, towering over the landscape: Is Taylor Swift China?

MoMA

In defiance of its mission to preserve important works, the Museum of Modern Art has decided to raze the Folk Art building.

Portrait of Charlie Parker

The Whitney’s adventurous, awkward attempt to explore abstract art through the blues.

Nikolai Leskov’s The Enchanted Wandered and Other Stories; Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself

How music plagiarism ruined a composer’s career and literally drove him mad.

Blogs

 Eric on Heart and Paul Simon and Reed on the absurdity of the anger surrounding leaks.

June 15, 2012

Eric reviews his latest music choices and Reed analyzes recent trends in Congressional oratory.

May 25, 2012

For women in politics, sexuality is often a liability. Will two new shows break the mold?

May 22, 2012

A new collection featuring ninety-nine tracks of class-conscious music from ninety-nine artists.

May 17, 2012

For all our talk about the multiracialism of the millennial generation, the lack of interracial social connections is more than a coincidence.

May 10, 2012

How the Beastie Boys brought hope to female hip hop fans.

May 8, 2012

For me, losing a Beastie Boy is like what losing a Beatle was to my father's generation.

May 4, 2012

In tribute to all those planning actions for May Day, here’s my stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

April 25, 2012

Katie Roiphe's Newsweek cover story ignores the fact that in every century and decade, sadomasochistic erotica has broken into the mainstream.

April 16, 2012

Though complicated by controversy, a weekend in Los Angeles with thirty domestic workers underscores the power of Hollywood to propel social change. 

February 27, 2012