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Ali Ahn, Elisabeth Moss, and Elise Kibler in ‘The Heidi Chronicles’

Wendy Wasserstein’s 1989 play barely passes the Bechdel Test. Men act; Heidi reacts. What Lean-In feminist has time for that?

Juliette Binoche as Maria, Kristen Stewart as Valentine in Clouds of Sils Maria

Clouds of Sils Maria is prolonged debate about the passage of time and the ceaseless rivalry of generations.

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.

Blogs

The veteran rocker is giving Europe “a masterclass in focused protest rock that puts younger artists to shame.”

July 1, 2015

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