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  • A Word, Please: A healthy dose of fact-checking will do some good

    When I was a child, someone told me that if I crossed my eyes too long they would get stuck that way. Someone else told me that if I stepped on a rusty nail and didn't get a tetanus shot, my jaw would lock shut. Thus, two absolute laws of the universe...
  • Check It Out: Books about London calling out to readers

    The games are over. The Olympic flame has been extinguished. The athletes have headed home. However, the accolades have just begun. Observers around the globe have hailed London 2012 a smashing success. NBC awarded itself a gold medal for its coverage....
  • Bookmark: Essay collections show diversity, creativity

    He loved lists, so let's make one in his honor. The late John Leonard was brilliant, witty, earnest, brave, erudite, stubborn, poetic and totally smitten by literature. I never met him, but I can swear to the foregoing because I read his work for many...
  • Bookmark: A couple of seriously good reads

    Some marvelous novels vigorously refute the idea that so-called "literary fiction," the serious stuff, must be a tedious chore to read, like a bad-tasting medicine whose healing properties are somehow confirmed by the fact that you want to spit it out,...
  • Bookmark: Biopics can't match great reads about famous people

    She's got the look. She's also got the walk, the talk and the wardrobe. When Michelle Williams pouts and flounces and oozes her way across the screen in "My Week With Marilyn," giving herself unreservedly to the role of a tormented yet still-alluring...
  • Check It Out: Children's, young adult books awarded

    Last week, the American Library Assn. announced the 2012 book award winners for children and young adult books, including the John Newbery Medal, for outstanding contribution to children's literature; the Randolph Caldecott Medal, recognizing the most...
  • Gardner takes less-is-more approach

    Gardner takes less-is-more approach
    When Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner delivered a two-word state-of-the-city address to the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce last month ("it's fine"), people thought she was mostly joking. Turns out she wasn't. Gardner slightly elaborated on that...
  • Bookmark: 'Bones' an instant spiritual favorite

    Before I read "The Translation of the Bones" (Scribner) by Francesca Kay, I had three favorite novels on spiritual topics. Now I have four. Kay's fiercely lyrical yet exceedingly tough-minded novel about a tragedy precipitated by a would-be spiritual...
  • Bookmark: Author gives us bad people but great writing

    It takes one to know one. That playground taunt is, like so many cliches, grounded in truth. It really does take one to know one, which goes a long way toward explaining the perversely effective law enforcement personnel in the novels of Mo Hayder, the...
  • Costa Mesa employees question election guidelines

    The head of a Costa Mesa employee group is questioning a management memo to workers outlining which political activities are prohibited at City Hall. Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. President Helen Nenadal said in a letter to city CEO Tom Gatch that...
  • Korber keeps rockin' for Lightning

    Korber keeps rockin' for Lightning
    Liana Korber is now in her third straight year playing at No. 1 singles for the Sage Hill School girls' tennis team. In a way it makes perfect sense. Korber definitely is her own individual. She's the one who wears the multicolor shoes while on court,...
  • Check It Out: See the movie — read the book

    Making movies out of popular books is nothing new. Filmmakers have been doing it for as long as film has been around. There is something magical about seeing a book, literally, brought to life. The actors and actresses can bring new life and insights...