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Posted by Portside on September 12, 2017
The Atlantic
Taylor Sheridan has crafted an uneven, but potent, vengeance film rooted in the death of a young Native American woman.
Posted by Portside on September 11, 2017
New York Times
Chef Tom Colicchio is dropping the name of his newest Manhattan restaurant, Fowler & Wells, after learning that it has historically racist connotations. It was named for a publishing company and scientific institute that once operated in a building on the same site.The men who started the company were proponents of phrenology, a 19th-century practice used to justify slavery and beliefs in African-American inferiority.
Posted by Portside on September 10, 2017
David Simon has created a gritty, urban drama about the moment pornography became "street legal" in New York City, and the commodification of flesh became an industry.
Posted by Portside on September 8, 2017
Before There Was Before
Poet Wendy Drexler picks a single marking on a tunnel wall to celebrate the value a single aspect of someone’s labor.
Posted by Portside on September 7, 2017
Historians of the bourgeois persuasion tend to focus on the doings of major figures in history. Less emphasis is placed by them on the role of working people, often nameless and ill-remembered. Edward Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class was a methodological breakthrough in showing how a working class made itself. The book under review follows that precedent, charting how ordinary Europeans from the Middle Ages to post-Soviet Europe made their own history.
Posted by Portside on September 6, 2017
Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture
It may surprise some to know that the origins of the kind of deliberative, representative, majority-rule democracy that characterizes modern legislatures in societies governed by representative democracy is actually a working class invention. Yet that is the claim, says Geoffrey Kurtz, that Andy Blunden is making in this study about how collective decisions are made.
Posted by Portside on September 5, 2017
Democracy Now!
A new documentary by Rewire chronicles the rising tide of harassment and violence against abortion providers and clinics under the Trump administration. Called "Care in Chaos," it features Calla Hales, director of A Preferred Women’s Health Center, one of the busiest abortion clinics in North Carolina. She faces a gauntlet of harassment, threats and physical violence just to do her job.