Portside Culture

Posted by Portside on June 29, 2017
London Review of Books
Hugo Chavez, with Ignacio Ramonet, Chavez: My First Life (translated by Ann Wright) Verso, 544 pp, Hardback, $36.00, August 2016, ISBN 978 1 78478 383 9 A balanced look at the early days and years in power of Venezuelan general cum President Hugo Chavez, who, while widely accused of authoritarian practices against his opposition, was singular among Latin American populist leaders in never aligning with the nation's bourgeoisie or turning on his left allies.
Posted by Portside on June 28, 2017
Public Books
A new book examines Du Bois's radicalism, tracing its career-long development.
Posted by Portside on June 27, 2017
Beyond a reliance on disproved claims about race and genetics, the Gadot controversy has quite simply lost sight of the fact that race is primarily a function of place.
Posted by Portside on June 26, 2017
Food & Wine Magazine
This 13th centure cookbook of Syrian recipes shows us the opulent upper limits of the cuisine from those who cooked and ate it—chefs developing recipes, explorers discovering ingredients, the wealthy elite who demanded luxury and ingenuity.
Posted by Portside on June 25, 2017
Daily Beast
The legendary comedian was once a liberal Green Party candidate for POTUS, but over the past year-plus has taken a sharp turn, sharing InfoWars and Seth Rich conspiracies.
Posted by Portside on June 23, 2017
Boulevard Magazine
Stacey Walker’s astonishing lyric poem depicts the postwar trauma of an American veteran of the Iraq war and his wife, as the war lives on in their bed.
Posted by Portside on June 22, 2017
International Socialism
British artist, novelist, prodigious essayist and poet John Berger, best known for her magisterial and approachable Ways of Seeing and who died in January, is remembered here for his radical approach to Art, when it functions to make sense of what life’s brutalities cannot, when it becomes a meeting place of the invisible, the irreducible, the enduring, what Berger called guts and honor.