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In Ukraine

Beau Beausoleil
San Francisco poet Beau Beausoleil reminds us that the war in Ukraine goes on, people are dying, all obscured by political shadows and dubious communications.

Staughton Lynd’s Radicalism From Below

Marcus Rediker The Nation
The historian and activist dedicated his life to showing how, and helping, working people not only imagine but build a better world. Working with his partner Alice (Niles) Lynd, he relentlessly sought out new sources of combat and inspiration.

The Fakelore of Food Origins

Ashawnta Jackson JSTOR
Food history is replete with honored legends, creative stories, slightly twisted truths, unsupported claims, leaps of faith, and outright lies. Actually most new dishes are not invented; they evolve.

It’s Been a Helluva Year, Tuesday Is Giving Tuesday

Portside Moderator Portside
Once in a while, we – the volunteer moderators of Portside – take the opportunity to talk directly to us – the entire Portside community – about how we see things and how you can pitch in. (Tuesday is Giving Tuesday) Our thoughts, in brief:

The Americans

Peter Neil Carroll Amsterday Quarterly
Thanksgiving Day is surely an American holiday, even for some subversives who defy the US government--at least on TV!

Jazz Musician Esperanza Spalding To Depart Harvard

Paton D. Roberts and Eric Yan The Harvard Crimson
I am no longer willing to endorse a cultural norm whereby artists & artist-educators passively participate-in, and benefit-from institutions born and bolstered through the justification..or practice of exploiting and destroying Black and Native life

The Legacy of a Caged Bird

On Gene Andrew Jarrett’s “Paul Laurence Dunbar” Los Angeles Review of Books
During his lifetime, Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African American, was among the most famous poets in the United States. It is one of the great paradoxes of the early Jim Crow era. This biography sheds new light on the writer's life and work.