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When Amber Lehman transferred schools to join her boyfriend, everyone knew something about him that she didn't. He was gay. Lehman, then 16, recalled a sense of bewilderment about her former beau, who exuded a "tough guy" vibe. "I was surprised...
Local history has long been a part of the Newport Beach Public Library's collections. Now, in addition to books, periodicals and documentary films, the library is adding an online resource: "Kids These Days: Growing up in Newport Beach," accessible at...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Sailing, Fiction, Libraries, Literature
Dear sir or madam, will you read my book? It took me years to write. Will you take a look? So begins the Beatles' "Paperback Writer," a song whose lyrics take the form of a query letter by a fledgling author to a publisher. The subsequent verses nail...
Justin Muchnick likes to challenge himself to get good grades. At age 14 and away at Phillips Academy Andover school in Massachusetts he needs to live up to the challenge. Muchnick, a straight-A student, is a scholar-athlete. He went through the...
Tags: Authors, Wrestling, Stanford University
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: Entertainment, Poetry, Anthony Clark, Bob Marley, Roger Ebert
There's a cartoon about commas going around on the Internet. The first panel reads: "With the Oxford comma: We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin." The illustration shows four people: two men, one bearing a resemblance to John F. Kennedy and the...
Tags: Media Industry, John F. Kennedy
Not long ago I wrote a column about how sometimes in terms like "teachers' union" and "homeowners' policy" the apostrophe is optional. If you really mean that the first noun possesses the second, an apostrophe makes sense. But if the first noun is...
Tags: Father's Day, Authors, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's Day, Holidays
There's a punctuation mark that most people have never heard of or noticed, even though they've probably seen it in print 1,000 times. It's called the en dash, or N dash. And it's a great example of how weird the wild world of punctuation can be. Case...
For some reason, I have been reading a number of books set in foreign countries. Three that I will recommend are "Say You're One of Them" by Uwem Akpan (Africa), "Finding Nouf" by Zoe Ferraris (Saudi Arabia) and "Death in a Strange Country" by Donna...
Winston William Hodge Winston William Hodge was born in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada on March 24, 1940. His family moved to Montreal when he was six months old, and they lived there until he was sixteen, when they came to California and settled in...
It came to my attention Saturday that a group using the community room at the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library was the OC Writers Guild, which has been meeting weekly since July 2011. This group, which met through http://www.meetup.com, has aspiring...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Authors, Landforms, Mystery (genre), Holidays
Whenever I hear people talk about the conniving, scheming nature of the media, it just makes me laugh. I spent enough time working at news organizations to know the closest thing true journalists have to an agenda is the desperate desire to meet brutal...
Tags: Fishing, Lifestyle and Leisure
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