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  • City Lights: Parting with literature is not always such sweet sorrow

    City Lights: Parting with literature is not always such sweet sorrow
    The other week, committing myself to a periodic desk cleaning, I went through the process of sifting through a stack of books and determining which ones to keep. In this case, the books belonged to a particular group: They were titles I had received through work, either as review copies or as gifts from sources. The growing pile necessitated the purge — I was going to run out of room soon — and so I rolled up my sleeves and set to work applying random criteria.
  • Virgen: Foley evokes emotion in 'West Newport Blues'

    Virgen: Foley evokes emotion in 'West Newport Blues'
    The past five years for Steve Foley has included darkness, depression, yet victory and happiness, resolve that led to writing a book about Newport Beach. At times, Foley admitted, the words flowed, and faded, came back and surpassed more than what was...

    Check It Out: Loved the movie? Try the book

    The current trend of making young-adult books into movies is exploding! "The Hunger Games," "Divergent" and "The Fault in Our Stars" are just a few success stories, with more on the way. Movie releases are turning these books into publishing sensations...

    A Word, Please: Can't we all cooperate on whether to hyphenate 'co' as a prefix?

    Sometimes I think the people behind punctuation rules are co-conspirators in a plot to drive us insane. Then I realize they could be coconspirators. That's when I know their plot has succeeded. Of all the prefixes in the English language, "co" may be...

    A Word, Please: From open to hyphenated to closed, an evolving process

    According to my 1933 Oxford Universal Dictionary, "good-bye" and "co-operate" are hyphenated, neither "leg room" nor "birth rate" can be run together into single word, and "teenager" doesn't exist. But open a current dictionary like Webster's New...