A Scrap in the Blessings Jar: New and Selected Poems by David Bottoms

LSU Review by David Starkey Now that I’ve read A Scrap in the Blessings Jar, I’m not sure how the late David Bottoms flew under my radar for so long.…

Soil: The Story of A Black Mother’s Garden by Camille T. Dungy

Simon & Schuster Review by Brian Tanguay Gardening and mindfulness cannot help but go hand in hand. The work of planting and tending a garden, whether in a suburban yard…

God, Human, Animal, Machine: Technology, Metaphor, and the Search for Meaning by Meghan O’Gieblyn

Doubleday Review by Walter Cummins Meghan O’Gieblyn opens and closes God, Human, Animal, Machine with detailed descriptions of her meaningful relationships with beings—in effect, machines— that were the creations of…

David Starkey Interviews Brian Tanguay on TVSB’s The Creative Community

The World According to Joan Didion by Evelyn McDonnell

Harper One Review by George Yatchisin You know you’re in great authorial hands when on page two of this book Evelyn McDonnell insists about her subject Joan Didion, “Narrative was…

The Rebel’s Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon by Adam Shatz

Farrar, Straus and Giroux Review by Brian Tanguay In my reading over the past thirty years I’ve come across numerous references or quotes attributed to Frantz Fanon, but I’ve yet…

Getting to Know Death: A Meditation by Gail Godwin

Bloomsbury Review by Brian Tanguay Gail Godwin published her first novel, The Perfectionists, in 1970 and her most recent, Old Lovegood Girls, in 2020. In the years between, Godwin was…

California Against the Sea: Visions for Our Vanishing Coastline by Rosanna Xia

Heyday Review by David Starkey In California Against the Sea: Visions for Our Vanishing Coastline, Rosanna Xia, an environmental reporter for the Los Angeles Times, writes: “When talking about climate…

Who Owns This Sentence? A History of Copyrights and Wrongs by David Bellos and Alexandre Montagu

Norton Review by Walter Cummins You probably haven’t realized it, but at this very moment you’re reading intellectual property (IP). It’s a new concept to me too. I’ve been writing…

An Interview with Alison Rose Jefferson

By Brian Tanguay When Alison Rose Jefferson was a graduate student at USC she studied under the late Kevin Starr, probably the best known historian of California. Like Starr’s, Jefferson’s…