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Darryl Pinckney.

“There is no such thing as not voting” is the faith that Darryl Pinckney grew up in.

Halal in the Family

The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi hopes his mock sitcom will make us laugh our way to becoming Halal in the Family.

Philip Glass, New York, in the early 1970s

Warm and unaffected, Philip Glass’s memoir is nothing like his music.

Nell Zink

In Nell Zink’s The Wallcreeper, biology fails to determine anything at all.

Judith Malina and Julian Beck

The founder of the Living Theater was absolute about her principles as a pacifist anarchist, yet never dismissive or judgmental toward those who didn’t share them.

Lucious and Snoop from the season finale of Empire

The music of Empire is the theology of capitalism.

Lili White God

War between men and dogs looms in the Budapest of White God; Ethan Hawke pays homage to New York City’s greatest piano teacher in Seymour: An Introduction.

Snowpiercer mocks what The Lego Movie cheers—a happy world of compulsory production.

John Coltrane and other “lost” musicians of the ’60s are teaching a new generation of artists to bend time and space.

Blogs

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

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