Tuesday, July 06, 2021
Diana Markosian's Santa Barbara at SFMOMA
(click here) about the Soviet Republic breakup and this gaudy American fantasy: "For 10 long years — all through the crime-ridden, chaotic 1990s, the early post-Soviet years of timelessness and hardship — life in large cities, small towns, industrial settlements, and snowbound villages across Russia’s 11 time zones would come to a standstill as the remarkably cheery sounds of Santa Barbara’s intro issued from millions of TV sets. “Run on home — you don’t want to miss Santa Barbara,” the kindly pharmacist from a TV commercial would say to the old woman at the counter. It was that big a deal. Missing an episode was considered to be a personal mini-tragedy."
(click here), Jonathan Griffin writes: "The marriage, however, was never grounded in reality. One night, when the family was about to relocate from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, Eli dropped Svetlana and the children at a motel, and never returned...The relationship, Ms. Markosian notes dryly, lasted nine years — the same as “Santa Barbara,” the television series."