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Posted by Portside on September 3, 2017
Where HBO's Game of Thrones once showed a one-dimensional view of female strength, it now makes clear that there are many ways to be strong.
Posted by Portside on September 1, 2017
Beloit Poetry Journal
For the Labor Day holiday, David Salner offers a poet’s glimpse of what it feels like not to be working while working a long shift at night.
Posted by Portside on August 31, 2017
New York Review of Books
Kafka's life was itself Kafkaesque, and if you want to know its span and its ending better- the book's author contends and the reviewer agrees - readers need to start at the beginning. The book under review is the third of a three-volume biography that critics widely call definitive.
Posted by Portside on August 30, 2017
Inside Higher Ed
This new book reminds us of the scope and power of the second incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan, beginning a century ago. As reviewer Scott McLemee points out, however, to only point out the Klan's racist heritage can be deceptively simplistic. McLemee reminds us that what made the Klan a mass force in the 1920s was that the movement's reactionary politics and racist passions "were widespread enough to count as mainstream.'
Posted by Portside on August 29, 2017
New York Times
A year after racial discontent neared levels not seen since the Rodney King beating case, the country finds itself convulsed by controversies over neo-Nazis emboldened by Donald Trump’s rise to power. Now, a burst of new films, many of them documentaries, are taking a deep look beyond the headlines at the lasting impact that racial schisms and racism have on Americans’ everyday lives.
Posted by Portside on August 28, 2017
Smithsonian Magazine
In his new book, Michael Twitty shares the contributions that enslaved African-Americans and their descendants have made to southern cuisine. In the book’s pages, woven alongside recipes for meals like West African Brisket (which requires paprika, black pepper, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and kosher salt, among other seasonings), he unearths tales of resilience, like how individuals once used mattress frames to barbecue deer, bear, hog, goat and sheep.
Posted by Portside on August 27, 2017
Comic Book Resources
By folding a discussion of mental illness and its stigmas into the series, The Tick has proven a powerful source of representation.