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We could bash divorce forever, but what's the point? Even Jesus can't keep unhappy spouses together.

The massive participation by women in Iran's street demonstrations is surprising only if you accept the mullahs' view of women as weak and passive vessels.

The abortion provider and hero knew enough to trust women. The same can't be said for the male pundits who are dominating the debate.

A Wesleyan student is stalked and killed by a man with a gun and a mind full of hate.

I should have been a member of the torture creative class, because now I would be having a good life.

We take it for granted that when men hit, it's up to women to run away. Except, some of them stay.

Yesterday's fist-bumping radical is today's mom in chief.

Atlantic blogger Ross Douthat joins the New York Times's op-ed lineup. Depressing.

Will the skewed values of the boom years give way to a spirit of generosity toward the poor?

Blogs

In this week’s Altercation Eric honors artists and writers whose careers have stood the test of time.

May 5, 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

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

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 Alterman on 2014's best music, concerts and the year of the box set.

January 22, 2015

Eric on this week’s concerts and Reed on how, from Bill Cosby’s victims to drone strikes, the media refuse to protect the powerless.

December 2, 2014

Eric on this week in concerts and new music releases and Reed on how the mainstream press is always trying to tell the same (false) story about the Republican Party.

November 17, 2014