Portside Culture

Posted by Portside on May 18, 2017
Boston Review
Piketty's radical and largely on-target critique of contemporary capitalism, the reviewer says, was mostly greeted with hostility by the economics establishment, when not simply ignored, stonewalling Capital in the Twenty-First Century, so it would not have the impact on economics research agendas that it merits, particularly in explaining inequality — in effect a dead zone in mainstream economic analysis. The reviewer thinks much can be gleaned from Piketty's work.
Posted by Portside on May 17, 2017
The New Republic
This new collection of essays offers an interesting glimpse into the work of this consistently interesting Marxist thinker and cultural critic.
Posted by Portside on May 16, 2017
The Indypendent
The story of activists who opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including their lives, the tactics they used, and the historical context. ‘The Activists,’ explores lessons the anti-war movement has to offer people fighting Trump today.
Posted by Portside on May 15, 2017
For many in Mexico, cacao is more than just a bean. In its preparation, there is resistance, memory, rituals, identity, and friends and family
Posted by Portside on May 14, 2017
The system that the Hulu series operates within shows there were laws to protect property, but not women and certainly not sex workers.
Posted by Portside on May 12, 2017
River Styx
He said, she said: The effects of sexual exploitation of women on campus depends on the credibility of one's point of view. Francesca Bell's poem "Committee Work" unveils this not-so-delicate dialogue.
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.