Beware of books. They are more than innocent assemblages of paper and ink and string and glue. If they are any good, they have the spirit of the author within. Authors are rogues and ruffians and easy lays. They are gluttons for sweets and savories. They devour life and always want more. They have sap, spirit, sex. Books are panderers. The Jews are not wrong to worship books. A real book has pheromones and sprouts grass through its cover. Whitman knew that.
-Erica Jong

Father Knows Best

by lesliedinaberg on June 13, 2008

Though he spent a lot of my childhood hard at work on the football fields of Santa Barbara City College–calling plays, not mowing the lawn–and a lot of my adulthood on the golf course, playing poker, or retired on the couch–in deep snoring thought–my father still manages to provide his children and grandchildren with a […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Charles Caldwell

by lesliedinaberg on June 10, 2008

With a business card that touts his credentials as “Master of Mythology, Captain of Results,” it’s no surprise that United Way‘s Charles Caldwell has been tasked with heading up one of Santa Barbara’s “most ambitious and audacious” planning efforts to date. Leslie Dinaberg: Can you explain what the Power of Partnership Initiative is? Charles Caldwell: […]

Shiny happy people

by lesliedinaberg on June 6, 2008

I joined a secret society a couple of years ago. It’s taken me a while to write about it because, well, shush …it’s a secret society. Don’t tell anyone. Plus I’m a little bit embarrassed or maybe just ambivalent about the whole thing. This is hard for me to confess, but I think I’m one […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Sue Adams

by lesliedinaberg on June 2, 2008

Since moving to Santa Barbara in 1957 to attend UCSB, Sue Adams has made her mark on our town in a myriad of different ways. Whether fighting for the rights of the homeless, advocating for the preservation of historic landmarks or working to get discounted healthcare for the poor, Adams pours her passion and remarkable […]

Over the Fence: The Friendster Next Door

by lesliedinaberg on June 1, 2008

It’s summertime and the living is easy. The beer is perfectly chilled, the steaks are on the grill and you’re admiring the sunset with your loved one. All of a sudden your neighbor screeches to a stop, rock music blaring, and starts unloading kegs, chips and fireworks from his car–for the fourth time that week. […]

Keeping it in the Family

by lesliedinaberg on June 1, 2008

Alyce and Janelle Parsons Give Traditional Apprenticeship a Woman’s Touch Entrepreneurial genes run deep in the Parsons family. “All of the kids got our MBAs at the dinner table,” says Janelle Parsons. “And that is literal, we weren’t the kind of family that left our jobs at the door. We just worked it out at […]