Portside Culture

Posted by Portside on November 2, 2017
Ludwig Lore's grandson recounts the life of the revolutionary militant and German emigre who began a new life as a newspaper editor and political commentator. A close associate of Leon Trotsky, Lore was a founder of the American Communist Party until his expulsion when he went on to be be a noted critic of both Stalin and Hitler.
Posted by Portside on November 1, 2017
A group of eminent psychiatrists and mental health professionals have published their assessment of President Donald Trump's fitness for office.
Posted by Portside on October 31, 2017
The New York Review of Books
Faces Places (Visages Villages in French) is an unexpected—and perhaps final—gift from the visionary eighty-nine-year-old director Agnès Varda. Varda had previously announced that her 2008 documentary self-portrait, The Beaches of Agnès, would be her last film, doubting that she had the physical strength to undertake another full-length feature. But chance, which Varda has often acknowledged as her best assistant, intervened; the making of Faces Places is the proof.
Posted by Portside on October 29, 2017
The Guardian
BBC gang drama series draws on the extraordinary life of a passionate Communist trade union activist who made history in the 1920s
Posted by Portside on October 30, 2017
Thanks to a decades-long effort by the chocolate industry, chocolate is now being convincingly sold as a health food. But the chocolate-industrial-research complex distracts us from issues like what in our food contributes to the obesity and diabetes epidemics; chocolate certainly isn’t the solution here.
Posted by Portside on October 27, 2017
Fresno poet Sara Borjas's poetry captures the imagination of an ordinary working man, ever hoping a windfall will land in his hands.
Posted by Portside on October 26, 2017
The Indypendent
The author argues convincingly and in graphic detail that the problem with police in civil society is not just the lack of adequate training, police diversity, increased militarization or even police methods such as the routine brutalization of many people of color, but the dramatic and unprecedented expansion in the last four decades of the too-accepted social role of police. The problem, the sociologist-author insists, is policing itself.