Books & Poetry

Books: The Brain’s Way of Healing

Canadian-born psychiatrist Dr. Norman Doidge discusses recent discoveries in neuroplasticity. Read story.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Book Review: The Future of the Mind

Author Michio Kaku ponders whether it might one day be possible to download memories or create a backup copy of our brain. Read story.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Book Review: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

Author Mason Currey writes about the virtues of having a creative routine. Read story.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Book Review: The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History

Author James Hall’s book about selfies. Read story.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Book Review: What Happens Next? Matters of Life and Death

The essays in Douglas Bauer’s latest collection were written after he flew from Boston back to Iowa to piece together his life after his mother died. Read story.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Review: The Shelf

A sense of gentle, tongue-in-cheek irony permeates Phyllis Rose’s book. Read story.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Review: Bark: Stories

Author Lorrie Moore’s stories capture the sorrows of middle age. Read story.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Book Review: Dr. Mütter’s Marvels

Author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz writes about intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine. Read story.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Book Review: Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War

Journalist James Risen’s latest book is a scathing indictment of the fearmongering and profiteering that keeps the war on terror humming along a dozen years after 9/11. Read story.

Monday, November 24, 2014

John Cleese Comes to S.B.

The comedian/writer stops in town on tour for his just-released autobiography. So, Anyway …. Read story.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In Search of the Dark Watchers

Thomas Steinbeck and Benjamin Brode’s new book is part adventure, part legend, filled with illuminating sketches and lavish oil paintings flush with mystery, shadow, and light. Read story.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Author Alexander McCall Smith Comes to S.B.

The mystery writer speaks at UCSB about the latest novel in his The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. Read story.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Age of Sail: The Transatlantic Packet Ship Era

Author Robin Lloyd discusses his novel Rough Passage and gives a multimedia presentation of the history of New York packet ships. Read story.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mitchell Explains It All

The Clarissa Explains It All creator talks TV at Magic Lantern on Friday, November 7. Read story.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review: Let the Clock Run Wild

Two S.B. women compiled an anthology of stories from seniors throughout the country called Let the Clock Run Wild: Wit and Wisdom from Boomers and Bobbysoxers. Read story.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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