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HBO's new political program is a vivid (and disgusting) expression of our decayed democracy.

The antigay bias that permeates the Republican Party can be clearly seen
in Bush's judicial appointments. Among the unalloyed homophobes Bush has
nominated for the federal bench:

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey

The premature deaths in the past year of Warren Zevon, Johnny Cash and
Joe Strummer ought to be enough to make the most pious among us angry at
The Man Upstairs.

The setting is a one-room schoolhouse, which is momentarily unoccupied
except for a pair of turtles.

In her new book, Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag's
focus is upon theaters of war and the way in which photographers have
interpreted their role in the production of images of

A Love Affair for the postcollege, flirting-with-Buddhism set,
Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation is a travelogue of the
emotions, concerned with the deepening relationship betwe

This was the summer when the movies were so bad, people were reduced to
complaining about a Mel Gibson film they hadn't seen.

In Plato's Republic, Socrates illustrates his theory of the parts
of the soul with the story of Leontius, who saw some corpses rotting
outside the walls of Athens and was torn between re

It is of some small comfort that totalitarian regimes are never quite as
total as either their leaders or subsequent historians might imagine.

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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