World War II

World War II, Stereotype-Busting Women, and Pleasure Reading

by Mary Anna Evans

Like most novelists, I can’t really tell you where my ideas come from. It feels like I’ve spent my life putting experiences and knowledge and cool nuggets of information in a magic bag that lives in my brain somewhere. When I need a story idea, I reach in the bag and a story comes out. Or, probably more accurately, the germ of a story comes out. After a lot of writing and thinking and editing, the germ becomes the story, and it’s a story that only I could write.

Hold This Stone at Fresno Soap

by Jerry Palandino

CURTAIN 5 TheatreGROUP is proud to present Hold This Stone, an evening of original poetry, performance art, and dialogue by Nikiko Masumoto and Brynn Saito, on Thursday and Friday, November 9-10, 7:30 p.m., at Fresno Soap Co. Stage, 1470 North Van Ness Avenue in the Tower District.

The Monuments Men: Movie Review

by Mary Anne Barker

The Monuments Men starts with Frank Stokes (George Clooney) making a presentation to President Franklin D Roosevelt. A plea to save the art, pictures, sculptures, historic buildings. Near the end of World War II curators, directors and artists were concerned about the art that the Nazi’s had stolen and historic places being destroyed. There is an ongoing debate, one side saying art is not worth dying for and the other saying that this art should be saved.

Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen by Taylor Anderson: Book Review/Interview/Giveaway

by Terrance V. Mc Arthur

It’s 1944, sort of, somewhere. About two years ago, some Japanese and Allied ships, subs, planes, and their crews were pulled into a similar Earth in another dimension. The Americans allied themselves with a lemur-descended race, while the Japanese worked with reptilian invaders. Both groups are using “modern” (1940s) technology to help their cause, which causes changes to the cultures around them.

Going Home: A Santa Barbara History Story

by Maria Ruiz

The war was over and the men fighting in Europe were eager to go home. Manuel Ruiz had fought in Italy; in mud holes, in villages, in his own hell. Slowly the men got transportation to the ships that would carry them back home. Arriving in New York, they were given some money and train tickets. All the families had been notified and would be there to greet them. Manuel was tired and promised himself that he would never leave Santa Barbara again.

RHS Asian Persuasion Excursion: Traveling to the Past

by Ronny Schmitz

Living in this homely and secluded town called Reedley gives one the illusion that the world is small and simple. In only ten minutes one can get to the market, the local park, or the one “hectic” street that has enough restaurants to fulfill the needs of every town member. Everything is at arm’s reach. With a single walk around the block, a person can spot the favorite teacher she had as a child, the elderly dog that was once filled with robust energy, and three neighbors that she greets daily.