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It's a cliché to say that an artist draws his power from his
contradictions, but the lives of the great composers provide easy grist
for the mill.

While filming in Western Australia in May 1999, the critic Robert Hughes
survived--barely--a head-on collision with another car.

The lights go down in the courtroom, a 16-millimeter projector shoots
out its beam, and into the trial blazes evidence of an unprecedented
nature: not a report of criminal events but the crime

Few Westerners have ever heard of Perm. A former czarist administrative
center, rustbelt Soviet city and gateway to the gulag, Perm was long
off-limits to foreigners.

Without baring flesh, exchanging fluids or even shedding blood, Will
& Grace
has become the craftiest, if not the most radical, show
in the history of network television--though not

On April 30, Willie Nelson turned 70, celebrating with the release of
his latest greatest-hits collection.

Ghosts are notorious for getting stuck in time. Having lost track of the
ongoing world, they will revisit certain hours as obsessively as they
haunt a fatal spot.

Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, which opened this year's New York
Film Festival on a somber but resonant note, is perhaps the finest
western ever to be set in South Boston.

Philip Roth's novel The Human Stain attracted considerable
attention some years back; it was widely read as a fictionalized version
of literary critic Anatole Broyard's life.

Eben Moglen has been
representing parties sued by the recording industry and is working on a
book about the death of intellectual property.

Blogs

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

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