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GCHQ satellites in Bude, England, from Citizenfour

Awakening a sense of wonder and flooding a cinema with crucial realities.

Political cartoons can move only if they surprise.

Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne in Gone Girl

The flesh-eating creature of Gone Girl is a rampaging composite of dollar signs.

Former Chief Justice Earl Warren on the eve of his eightieth birthday, in 1971

How did “one person, one vote” become the rule for statehouses across the country?

The legendary songwriter about his politics, his fourteenth studio album and what it was like the first time he saw Springsteen perform.

Sleep No More at the American Repertory Theater, 2009

Immersive theater has no real style—except to fetishize its look.

Demonstrators, People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014, New York City

Choreographed for maximum appeal, pop culture likes to say yes. History is made by those who say no.

A Roman theater in Bosra, once the capital of the Roman province of Arabia, 2009

How the destruction of architectural treasures became a weapon in Syria’s ongoing civil war.

A still from Infiltrators (2012), by Khaled Jarrar

How much of the pressure of reality can a work of art bear before it ceases to be art?

Blogs

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