Portside Culture

Posted by Portside on April 13, 2017
London Review of Books
Attempting to make a silk purse out of a proverbial sow's ear, the author and the volume's contributors envision, either realistically or ironically, how building a wall on the U.S.- Mexican border could be artistically or environmentally pleasing, leaving aside ethical questions of migrants' rights or even how such a wall would be anything but a glaring insult to those living south of it.
Posted by Portside on April 12, 2017
Tupelo Quarterly
Olio, by Tyehimba Jess, has just been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. It is an outstanding book that visits, and reimagines, a deeply influential yet far too little examined African American cultural moment. This is a powerful, innovative work of verse created by one of this country's best contemporary poets. Here is a review.
Posted by Portside on April 11, 2017
The Guardian
Director Larraín has stated that the way Latin Americans think is shaped by poetry, by metaphor, and that his film is partly concerned with the power of poetry to move and influence. We are shown Neruda’s huge influence, as a communist poet, over his natural constituency: the ordinary working man... But what we do not see in the film is the immensely moving capacity of poetry to break down barriers between people of diametrically opposed political beliefs.
Posted by Portside on April 9, 2017
El Pais
In a country with Latin America’s highest death rate from diabetes, peasant communities are at risk thanks in part to Coca Cola addiction.
Posted by Portside on April 9, 2017
Big Little Lies and the problems of whiteness, access, class, and privilege intersecting with feminism.
Posted by Portside on April 7, 2017
Author’s Blog
The Persian American poet draws on ancient tradition to condemn a certain political leader's confusion of truth and falsehood in our own times.
Posted by Portside on April 6, 2017
The New Yorker
Critiquing a somewhat fawning book by a well-trod biographer of the Atlantic aristocracy, the reviewer nevertheless finds enough merit in the work to present a picture of the royals and their long-suffering and sometimes insufferable prince as a window on Britain's royal family and a glimmer as to why masses of British subjects still revere the preposterous institution.