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A Darker View of the Renaissance

John T. Scott Los Angeles Review of Books
A reviewer's respectful, if somewhat critical, look at a new book on the Italian Renaissance that seeks to contextualize that movement within the broader sweep of history and within the social conflicts of its time.

What Is Portuguese-American Food?

Grace Kelly Taste Cooking
In New England towns like Fall River, Massachusetts, or East Providence, Rhode Island, Portuguese restaurants and markets carve out an identity of ’60s and ’70s nostalgia.

Accustomed to Dead Kids

Alexis Rhone Fancher The Dead Kid Poems
Southern California poet Alexis Rhone Fancher offers a musical rendition on the theme “guns matter/kids do not.”

Red Legacies

Michael Terry The Brooklyn Rail
This book, first published in 2011, remains useful in this time of renewed popularity for socialist ideas. As reviewer Terry pointed out when the book was first published, it is an informative treatment of its topic, despite its weaknesses.

Gymnasts Worldwide Push Back on Their Sport’s Culture of Abuse

Juliet Macur New York Times
On Instagram and other social networks, gymnasts have tagged posts with #GymnastAlliance to share their own experiences in the wake of a Netflix's new documentary 'Athlete' A that highlights verbal and physical abuse by coaches.

Quarantine

Quinn Lewis Southern Review
Months before the public became aware of Covid-19, the poet Quinn Lewis used the word to depict a chosen escape from normal life and the ensuing comforts “inside/the walls.”

How to Save the World from Financialization

Gregory N. Heires Portside
Long before the 2008 financial collapse rocketing, debt and financial wizardry masked the deep underlying fragility of finance-led growth, with wages and productivity stagnating, inequality exploding and ecological systems teetering.