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Chip Fesko keeps a folder of his past correspondence, a nearly inch-thick stack of the words that cause less-resilient authors to pack it in: "We have now had a chance to consider your material, and we regret to say that it is not right for us."...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Libraries, A.A. Milne
Black Crow White Lie Candi Sary Casperian Books; 159 pages In the film noir classic "The Night of the Hunter," Robert Mitchum plays a preacher who tattoos the word "love" on one hand and "hate" on the other — a symbol, he explains, of the...
Tags: Metal and Mineral, Music, Arts and Culture, Mining, Brad Paisley
The contractor has begun working on the roof at the Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library! The roofers have been very busy, which makes me think they will get the job done on time so that we can get back into the library on schedule. In the meantime, you can...
Arlo Guthrie didn't perform "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" Saturday night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, but the song, in a way, was there in spirit. Guthrie's signature tune from 1967 (better known simply as "Alice's Restaurant") works partly as...
Ever since I became a journalist, I have had one burning desire: to work the phrases "National Poetry Month" and "The Human Centipede" into the same column. With the following piece, my career will be vindicated. I'll get to the second phrase later. But...
Wine Memories Lenard Davis AuthorHouse; 146 pages Poor Merlot. After Paul Giamatti uttered that now-famous line in the 2004 romantic comedy "Sideways" — the one about not drinking Merlot. Seriously, do I even need to quote it? — news...
Tags: Paul Giamatti, Book, Music, Roger Ebert, Bob Marley
"Matt Costa" By Matt Costa Brushfire Records I'm not going to lie: A part of me was expecting to hear bagpipes in at least one song from Matt Costa's self-titled album after reading on his website that he recorded most of it in Glasgow, Scotland....
Tags: Neil Diamond, Music, Music Industry
I am not a writer of prose. This is not an article, an anecdote or short story. It is simply the imperfect account of an evening from several points of view. So begins the document that Lee Mallory has set in front of me at a cramped wooden table in the...
First, let me thank my friends who now live in Florida and called me after the recent snowpocalypse in the Northeast to ask about my welfare — and to tell me that, by the way, it was 80 and sunny there. Probably because I did not lose power...
California public schools, along with public schools in 44 other states, are adopting a new set of standards. The Common Core State Standards (http://www.corestandards.org) for K-12 are a set of language arts and math standards developed to ensure that...
Tis the season of seasons! Christmas. One of the great evangelists of the 19th century, Charles Spurgeon, preached an unforgettable Christmas Eve sermon in London in 1854. The sermon was based on two oft-quoted verses from the prophet Isaiah. The...
Tags: Religious Festivals, Holidays, Fiction
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" could also be titled "The Glampires Strike Back," as three teen heartthrobs finally end their endless saga. Forever. One hopes. The "Twilight" films started a new age of beautifully groomed, soft spoken...
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