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Dick and Mickey Flacks Release Memoir ‘Making History / Making Blintzes’

Longtime area activists trace their role in national antiwar and civil-rights organizations, and Santa Barbara causes. Read story.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Interview with Dick and Mickey Flacks

Santa Barbara’s activist duo covers six decades of political engagement. Read story.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

UCSB Profs Discuss ‘Frankenstein’

Julie Carlson and Janis Caldwell talk about why Shelley’s novel is still relevant. Read story.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘Bodie on the Road’ is a Delightful Travel Guide

Journalist Belinda Jones and her dog road trip from So. Cal to Oregon. Read story.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

‘Call Them by Their True Names’ Plants Seeds of Change

Solnit has a unique ability to render visible what was locked out of view by a mass media obsessed with the status quo. Read story.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate’

When published, the book was a full-throated cry about the existential threat posed by climate change — now it’s a primal scream. Read story.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Interview with Ruth Nolan and Lucille Lang Day

Author/Editors talk piecing together new ecopoetry anthology. Read story.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

‘Why? What Makes Us Curious’ Is a Gem of a Book

Mario Livio, astrophysicist and author, directs his own polymathic curiosity at curiosity. Read story.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Thomas Frank’s ‘Rendezvous with Oblivion’ Calls for New History

A series of interlocking essays, the author directs a withering gaze on the fast-food industry, suburban McMansions, hipster cities, higher education, and the Democratic Party. Read story.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Renée Ahdieh’s ‘The Wrath & The Dawn’ Transports Readers

Cultural appreciation and folklore fantasy come together in a story full of mystery and intrigue. Read story.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

‘Beautiful Music’ Is a Novel That Lingers

Michael Zadoorian captures the inner and outer life of a Detroit teen who is saved by the FM sounds coming from his radio late at night. Read story.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

‘Tyrant’ Compares Shakespeare Villains to President

Stephen Greenblatt has written a book about Donald Trump’s presidency without ever mentioning him by name. Read story.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

‘Stamped from the Beginning’

Ibram X. Kendi makes clear our history as a nation cannot be fully understood without an understanding of racism. Read story.

Monday, July 16, 2018

‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ Is Sublime Work

Author Arundhati Roy writes novel of breathtaking humanity and scope. Read story.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

‘Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook’: Classic Bistro Cooking

2004 book expresses the celebrity chef’s personality and ethos Read story.

Monday, June 18, 2018
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