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Taylor Mac performs at New York Live Arts, January 2015

A musical project of maddening ambition unearths—and invents—a gay history of America.

Antal Szerb’s passport, 1931

Antal Szerb and the world’s stubborn magic.

Ricardo Darín (left) as Simón in Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales

Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales is a carnival of melancholy, melodrama and the polymorphously perverse.

The Topography of Terror, Berlin

The dense details in Berlin’s memorial museums overwhelm the stories they try to tell.

Women of Algiers (After Delacroix), by Pablo Picasso, January 26, 1955

Why the painter’s late work veers from the sloppy to the sublime.

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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

"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