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When Bob Dylan took the stage at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, all
leather and Ray-Bans and Beatle boots, and declared emphatically and
(heaven forbid) electrically that he wasn't "gonna work

Not many people can say they changed the world and make it stick. In
Myself Among Others: A Life in Music, George Wein does.

I have often been asked the difference between movie reviews and film
criticism; and after much thought, I've decided the answer is about one
week.

"In society the homosexual's life must be discreetly concealed. As
material for drama, that life must be even more intensely concealed.

War correspondents frequently suffer from what might be diagnosed as
Ernie Pyle Syndrome.

Lew Wasserman, who died last summer at 89, was not only the most
powerful and influential man in Hollywood over the past half-century but
also the most enigmatic.

Romeo Dallaire has the name of a silent-movie star and a face to match:
clear eyes, ample mustache, chin of cleft granite.

In 1900 Maurice Denis painted a large canvas titled Hommage à
Cézanne
, which shows the esteemed master next to one of his
paintings and surrounded by a crowd of admiring yo

Near the end of Parallels and Paradoxes, a recent collection of
dialogues on music and society between the conductor and pianist Daniel
Barenboim, music director of the Chicago Symphony

In the film from which there is no escape and no going back, The
Matrix
, the writer-director team of Andy and Larry Wachowski
presented a grim choice between truth and illusion.

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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