Portside Culture

Posted by Portside on December 18, 2016
Whether or not you agree with Lady Gaga’s estimation that American women are “fighting for their lives” following Trump’s win, the timing of the Republican nominee’s victory and The Handmaid’s Tale‘s spring 2017 premiere seems well-timed.
Posted by Portside on December 16, 2016
Spillway #24
Hiroshima since August 6 1945 lives as a beginning and an end an existential dilemma. California poet Jeffrey Thomas Leong brings us to question: what if/not?
Posted by Portside on December 15, 2016
Liberal opinion holds that the Vietnam War was a mistake. The right continues to see it as a noble cause. Author Michael Uhl calls the slaughter in Vietnam planned and deliberate, saying that the United States would not tolerate then or now efforts by people in the Global South to escape the imperialist trap. Uhl writes as a participant, first as an intelligence officer and then as an historian, to paint a merciless and highly detailed picture of US policy at its rawest.
Posted by Portside on December 14, 2016
The Root
In this novel, Whitehead reimagines both slavery and the resistance to it.
Posted by Portside on December 13, 2016
The Washington Post
Perhaps the Dump Star Wars story could be described as “silly.” But to deny the politics of Star Wars is to throw the franchise’s rich history under a bus the size of an Imperial cruiser. Star Wars may not overflow with civics metaphors in the fashion of “Star Trek,” but the sci-fi films did not exist in a political void.
Posted by Portside on December 12, 2016
Smithsonian Magazine
New book clarifies butter’s spread and humankind’s long, torrid, not-always-smooth affair with a food many of us love but take for granted.
Posted by Portside on December 11, 2016
Los Angeles Times
“Good Girls Revolt” resisted the militant bra-burning feminist stereotype, instead depicting ambitious young women from a range of backgrounds — a black lawyer, a blond princess, a mousy aspiring novelist — each inspired to take action for unique reasons. It made feminism seem like an endeavor that was not only vital, but thrilling — and not just because of the newfound sexual freedom.