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The story of American popular music contains several moments when a career that has gone south is dramatically resurrected before an awed and grateful public.

The name Shakespeare in Britain is rather like the names Ford, Disney and Rockefeller in the United States. He is less an individual than an institution, less an artist than an apparatus.

This morning I got an e-mail from Feminist Majority asking me to e-mail the President protesting the Iraqi Governing Council's approval of Resolution 137, which would abolish current family law a

Several generations of doomy, bookish youth have grown up
listening to the Cure.

A while back, in a column calling for more arts funding, I observed that a lot more people are interested in classical music, ballet, theater and museums than are interested in space exploration,

There was plenty of
gloomy news for women in 2003. American women make just under 80
cents on the male dollar for full-time, year-round work.

When did Christmas shopping become a patriotic duty, the contemporary equivalent of collecting tin cans in World War II?

Will someone please explain to me how permitting gays and lesbians to marry threatens the institution of marriage?

All right, so maybe Howard Dean could have thought of a better way of
reaching out to white Southern men than saying he wanted "to be the
candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pick

Blogs

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

Eric on this week in theater and music and Reed on how the media’s ratings-driven hysterics is warping Ebola coverage.

October 28, 2014