The Death of the Artist: How Creators are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech by William Deresiewicz

Review by Brian Tanguay For artists are these the best of times or the worst of times? Has technology toppled many of the barriers that once prevented aspiring musicians, filmmakers,…

Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught Between by Eric Nusbaum

Review by George Yatchisin If there were any justice, the names Palo Verde, La Loma, and Bishop would be as well-remembered a baseball triumvirate as Tinker, Evers, and Chance. But…

Of Woman and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

Review by Clara Oropeza From what corners of our lives do we summon the will to survive the wickedness of life? This seems to be a central question in Of…

The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrim’s Progress by Mark Twain

A Fresh Look by Paul Willis Unlike many of my friends in Santa Barbara, I have never been to Europe.  So, when I recently received an invitation to teach a…

Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice, 1967-1975 by Richard Thompson with Scott Timberg

Review by George Yatchisin When my physical therapist saw the book I brought to PT, asked what I was reading, and looked totally nonplussed, I have to admit it hurt…

L’Origine: The Secret Life of the World’s Most Erotic Masterpiece by Lilianne Milgrom

Review by Linda Lappin Since its first foray into public view at the Brooklyn Museum in 1988, Gustave Courbet’s l’Origine du Monde, a depiction of female anatomy sans head, lower legs,…

2021 Poetry Month Reviews: April 22-30

by David Starkey Back in 2014, when I was reviewing books for the Santa Barbara Independent, I proposed an offbeat idea to my editor. I would offer one very short…

City Of A Thousand Gates by Rebecca Sacks

Review by Brian Tanguay Other than Kashmir or the Korean peninsula, no territory on earth is as bitterly contested as that claimed by the Jews of Israel and the Arab…

2021 Poetry Month Reviews: April 15 -21

By David Starkey Back in 2014, when I was reviewing books for the Santa Barbara Independent, I proposed an offbeat idea to my editor. I would offer one very short…

2021 Poetry Month Reviews: April 8 -14

By David Starkey Back in 2014, when I was reviewing books for the Santa Barbara Independent, I proposed an offbeat idea to my editor. I would offer one very short…