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Economists agree: Christmas presents are a waste of money. Give to these worthy charities instead.

We can't stop looking at our first female political train wreck.

Prochoicers have been taking one for the team for too long now. Enough already.

First feminism was dead because it was a "failure"; now it's dead because it was such a success.

Leftist parties in Germany offer a range of choices but no cohesive challenge to the right.

In Leonard Cohen's Afterworld, the trajectory between the latest hit and the wisdom of old has been a long one.

If women's equality is the cause of our time, we'll get further by acknowledging it's a challenge no country has fully met than by framing it as a Western crusade.

Polls show most Americans still want reform. But polls don't mean much politically if everyone stays quiet. Never mind wonkery--we need a movement.

Rising to the dare of Martial Solal's mischievous piano playing.

Blogs

The best live shows, audiobooks and Eric's funeral playlist: it's all inside today's Altercation.

April 14, 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

The ’60s crooner was a pioneer for women’s and LGBT rights in the entertainment industry and for social justice everywhere.

February 19, 2015

Eric Alterman on 2014's best music, concerts and the year of the box set.

January 22, 2015

Eric on this week’s concerts and Reed on how, from Bill Cosby’s victims to drone strikes, the media refuse to protect the powerless.

December 2, 2014

Eric on this week in concerts and new music releases and Reed on how the mainstream press is always trying to tell the same (false) story about the Republican Party.

November 17, 2014

The best way to support the troops is to make every effort to keep them out of harm's way.

November 10, 2014

Eric on this week’s concerts and Reed on how local TV stations boost their bottom lines with a deluge of election ads.

November 3, 2014