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Tennessee Williams on the 20th anniversary of the opening of The Glass Menagerie

John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee William gets mired down in psychoanalysis.

A staircase in Dresden, Germany, 1945

Architecture lets us speak of the spoken indirectly.

Short pop: Ilana Glazer (left) and Abbi Jacobson of Broad City

Film and TV are plagued by duration creep. Just like work—or unemployment.

The Fall of Icarus (1943), by Henri Matisse

With his cutouts, Henri Matisse tried to free himself from gravity.

GCHQ satellites in Bude, England, from Citizenfour

Awakening a sense of wonder and flooding a cinema with crucial realities.

Political cartoons can move only if they surprise.

Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne in Gone Girl

The flesh-eating creature of Gone Girl is a rampaging composite of dollar signs.

Former Chief Justice Earl Warren on the eve of his eightieth birthday, in 1971

How did “one person, one vote” become the rule for statehouses across the country?

Blogs

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

"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