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Once upon a time, a psychiatrist named Fredric Wertham went on a tear over Wonder Woman.

If Herbert Marcuse and Senator Joseph McCarthy had gone to a movie together in the late 1950s--and that could only happen in a movie--they would have walked out, probably not together, and demand

Half a century has passed since Manny Farber wrote in these pages about underground films, by which he meant the urban crime movies watched by male loiterers near the Greyhound station, in theate

The letterhead of Columbia University, where I taught for four decades, reads in full "Columbia University in the City of New York," not because there is much likelihood that anyone will wonder w

What do Robert Novak and Armstrong Williams have to do before they're completely discredited?

When I was a kid--this was before television--the radio was my best friend.

The Chilean coup of 1973 was carried out with a Lone Ranger comic book, a bicycle and several cans of condensed milk.

Several weeks ago the 32-year-old hip-hop superstar Eminem, America's staunchest and most spectacular amoralist, found himself in an unusual position, suddenly cast as the moral hope of his gener

Martin Scorsese's The Aviator overlays three legends, all of them made of celluloid.

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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