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Antal Szerb’s passport, 1931

Antal Szerb and the world’s stubborn magic.

Ricardo Darín (left) as Simón in Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales

Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales is a carnival of melancholy, melodrama and the polymorphously perverse.

The Topography of Terror, Berlin

The dense details in Berlin’s memorial museums overwhelm the stories they try to tell.

Women of Algiers (After Delacroix), by Pablo Picasso, January 26, 1955

Why the painter’s late work veers from the sloppy to the sublime.

Seth Rogen (right) hawking The Interview at its premiere, December 11, 2014

The bogus moral outrage over The Interview.

Shantala Shivalingappa in Swayambhu, at the Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris, 2010

Shantala Shivalingappa smolders as she dances the lives of the gods.

Owen Wilson (center) in Inherent Vice

Joaquin Phoenix and Owen Wilson star in Inherent Vice, a delirious romp through all of man’s perversions.

Blogs

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

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