Portside Culture

Posted by Portside on February 17, 2017
Paradise Drive
Tongue-in-cheek, Marin poet Rebecca Foust offers a sonnet about the seven deadly sins, and rich people who have their trickle-down rationalizations.
Posted by Portside on February 16, 2017
London Review of Books
Much Orwell criticism centers on his politics, not surprising given how it was his predominant subject. The books under review take a slight detour, viewing his work as he frequently judged others. Orwell's writing is chockablock with sensuous material, such as how class discriminations determine not just life chances but personal hygiene, or how bathos in an otherwise serious tract humanizes the literature and guards against "perfect" politics.
Posted by Portside on February 15, 2017
The New Republic
Rafia Zakaria shows us how Roxane Gay, in this new collection of short stories, explores interconnections between racism, work, love, violence, and sex.
Posted by Portside on February 14, 2017
The Nation
Steve Bannon's 2009 film, 'Generation Zero', shows a hellishly bleak vision of our past, present, and future, driven by a magical belief in historical determinism.
Posted by Portside on February 13, 2017
Washington Post
Gendered beliefs about food choices affect men and women’s health habits, including the types of foods they actually eat. Socially influenced eating patterns could in part help explain why men are at a higher risk of heart disease and some cancers. Are our ideas about masculinity and femininity negatively affecting our health?
Posted by Portside on February 12, 2017
The Atlantic
In its sixth and final season, the HBO show seems to be considering its deeper purpose.
Posted by Portside on February 10, 2017
Spillway 24
For Valentine's Day, Philadelphia poet David Moolten's poem--for better or worse--says it all.