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Philip Glass, New York, in the early 1970s

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

Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande argues that physicians should focus care on the good life—including its very end.

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.

Why debates about community development sidestep the issue of inequality.

Tower of Babel

Translation is not the art of failure but the art of the possible.

Great Railway Strike of 1886

Americans were furious at the inequalities of their country 200 years ago. Could they get as angry today?

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.

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

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/21/15?

April 21, 2015

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson’s 10,000-word excoriation of Dr. Cornel West is highly personal. But there is a political fight thrumming beneath the surface.

April 20, 2015

The best live shows, audiobooks and Eric's funeral playlist: it's all inside today's Altercation.

April 14, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/9/15?

April 9, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/3/15?

April 3, 2015

MSNBC's Chris Hayes celebrates The Nation's 150th anniversary.

April 1, 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

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 3/27/15?

March 27, 2015

Eric responds to his critics and reviews the best shows of the week in today's Altercation.

March 25, 2015