After having successfully ripped off the "I, Anonymous" column in The Stranger of Seattle and renaming it "Hey, You!", OC Weekly editor Will Swaim set about pilfering The Stranger's week-in-review column, "Last Days." Matt Coker drew the short straw to compile the thing, and "A Clockwork Orange" was born on Sept. 20, 1996. Actually, a Coker column called "The Week in Review" appeared a week earlier, in the first issue of the Weekly's second year, but since that sounded so boring, Coker decided to help himself to the title of the Anthony Burgess novel/Stanley Kubrick film. It banged along for the next several years, in different formats, until Steve Lowery's far superior "Diary of a Mad County" took over Clockwork's print-edition slot, and Clockwork eventually found a (temporary?) home on the web.
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