While working on a project documenting the lives of displaced people around the world, Australian photographer Ashley Gilbertson found himself in the midst of the 2003 Allied invasion of Iraq. As an unaffiliated photojournalist, Gilbertson visited the places other photographers wouldn’t.
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Whether or not Socrates was right to assert that the unexamined life is not worth living, the last few months in publishing bolster the argument that the well-lived life is worth examining with a bumper crop of biographies.
Everyone likes to eat; in fact, everyone has to eat. Adrian Butash, author of Bless This Food, is no different in this regard. What sets him apart is his dedication to truly appreciating every meal for the blessing that it is, and giving thanks for the friends with whom he’s gathered-and not just on Thanksgiving Day.
Just as the Book Den (15 E. Anapamu St.) intersects visual art and the written word by exhibiting artwork among its well-stocked bookshelves, so does Judy Nilsen’s Visual Wisdom, thus titled for its imaginative pairing of assemblage art with quotations, which graces the beloved bookshop’s walls through the month of November. Among the assemblage of reasons to take a peek:
Clark Emmons is an honest-to-goodness cowboy, and he’s got the grace and integrity of a man who has lived the life that is right for him. Born in 1919, he spent much of his boyhood in Lompoc roaming the hills, wandering along the creeks, and learning the ways of the outdoors.
Michael Jackson is 100 percent innocent, and his 2005 trial on charges of child molestation was an outrageously expensive witch hunt solely designed by then Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon to dethrone a successful black celebrity.
For the vast majority of humankind’s existence, there’s been no talk whatsoever of rights. Throughout most of our history, we’ve seen ourselves as an undifferentiated mass, any given unit of which can and should be sacrificed for the good-real or imagined-of the whole.
In Boom: Voices of the Sixties, Personal Reflections on the ’60s and Today, former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw offers a follow-up to The Greatest Generation, his best-selling book about the á¾½50s. Boom, like The Greatest Generation, is not really a history, and certainly isn’t a polemic; it’s an easygoing series of reflections about people Brokaw thinks exemplified the era.
I got to know Max Schott in the mid-1970s when I started teaching literature classes in the College of Creative Studies (CCS) at UCSB. This was just before he published his first book, Up Where I Used to Live: Stories. By then, Max had been teaching at CCS for nearly 10 years, beginning soon after Marvin Mudrick founded the college in 1967.