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Posted by Portside on May 11, 2017
London Review of Books
If anyone doubted Black Americans still today suffer unfairly from incarceration rates and other horrific inequities out of all proportion to their numbers in the population, the case was closed by Michelle Alexander in her masterly The New Jim Crow (2010). Comes now James Forman Jr., to argue convincingly that key sections of the black community themselves abetted the criminalizing of black youths in a misguided effort to make so-called law and order work for them.
Posted by Portside on May 9, 2017
The Atlantic
Risk is an incredibly gripping work, one made with an unprecedented level of access to Assange, but for all its intimacy, it still struggles to nail down its target. Instead, it’s more a story of Poitras herself, and the evolution of the movie she set out to make about Assange, who founded Wikileaks in 2006.
Posted by Portside on May 8, 2017
Saveur Magazine
The author of The Potlikker Papers discusses paying down a debt to the black and immigrant cooks of the South, and what it means to be an active Southerner.
Posted by Portside on May 7, 2017
Los Angeles Times
“Guerrilla” is a who’s who of 1970s radical movements, and by Episode 2 a flow chart is required to keep up with the revolutionary networks at play: The Weather Underground. Black Panthers. German Marxist-Leninists. Rhodesian revolutionaries. The Front de libération du Québec (yes, even Canada was radical in those days).
Posted by Portside on May 5, 2017
Worried about the Great Wall separating Mexico from the USA? California poet Amy Meier offers a mild antidote to your fears.
Posted by Portside on May 4, 2017
Literary Hub
Here is an extraordinary anthology by contemporary working class poets.
Posted by Portside on May 3, 2017
Against the Current #188
For the author of the work under review--much heralded by the reviewer--Czech novelist Franz Kafka was no chronic pessimist or dour, fatalistic misbeliever in human emancipation, but a consistent partisan artist siding with the humiliated.