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    Summer Reading - A five-part course in Don DeLillo

    It's one thing to be a great writer; it's another to be a great Zeitgeist writer, one of those who seem to write with the inner life of the culture in their bones. Hemingway and Fitzgerald were Zeitgeist writers in the '20s; Mailer and Bellow took o...

    by CORNEL BONCA on May 29, 2003
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    In Praise of. . .Disneyland? - It may not be the happiest place on Earth, but its damn close

    I know this could make me persona non grata around the Weekly offices--not to mention among county hipsters in general--but I have always loved Disneyland. Show me somebody who could emerge unsatisfied from the Haunted Mansion or the Pirates of the ...

    by GREG STACY on May 29, 2003
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    Rendered by Verse - Summer music haiku-o-rama!

    Zeke at Alex's Bar, May 30 Noise-rock hurricane Makes eardrums bleed. "More!" you scream A good kind of pain Pearl Jam at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, June 2-3 "Bush sucks!" cries Eddie Yet unbeknownst to him, so Do Eddie's new songs Goo...

    by Rich Kane on May 29, 2003
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    Go Take a Hike

    Five that are worth the effort: Santiago Peak via Holy Jim Trail: 16.1 miles roundtrip with 4,000 feet elevation gain. Follow Holy Jim Canyon Road half a mile to the trailhead, and then four and a half miles to Main Divide Truck Trail (3S04). Go l...

    by SCOTT GIFFIN on May 29, 2003
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    My Laguna - Feeling most at home at a place that's not

    I went home to Laguna Beach this weekend. I say "home" knowing full well it has never actually been my home. I was never a beach child. I didn't grow up in the water. When I was seven years old, my bunk bed didn't face a North Laguna sunset--my apar...

    by LEYLA MOMENY on May 29, 2003
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    Nippies: Patch of Freedom

    Nipples are no-no's--but only female nipples. You see, the rosy ducts that deliver nectar to the newborn are shameful and must be hidden from sight--at least according to our government. California Municipal Code section 10.12.030 B defines nude a...

    by Stacy Davies on May 29, 2003
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    Sand Traps - Avoiding summer movies that sound like fun

    Summertime is the silly season; it gets too damn hot to do any rational thinking, and people who aren't flocking to the beach are flocking to air-conditioned movie houses to watch silly movies . . . which are, fairly often, set on the beach. If you'...

    by GREG STACY on May 29, 2003
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    Loud, Rude and Hungry - 7 promising plays on local stages

    The Houseguests. Hunger Artists Theater, May 23-June 15. This is the Orange County premiere of Harry Kondoleon's Obie-winning black comedy of middle-class mores, described as Samuel Beckett writing Grand Guignol. Kondoleon was one of the hottest t...

    by Joel Beers on May 29, 2003
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    Hang Four - Check out these surf contests

    Photo by Frieden/Surfing MagazineNational Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) championships The surf industry considers this organization's championship "the highest level of surfing competition in the western United States." Of course, I got th...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 29, 2003
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    Things We Love About Summer

    THE PLACE TO DRINK BEER IF YOU'RE REALLY THIRSTY The Yard House, which has locations in Long Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine and Rancho Mirage, has the world's largest selection of draft beer--not including Ed McMahon, that is. Hi-oooooh! They've got ev...

    on May 29, 2003
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    Balboa Fun Zone

    Photo by Tenaya HillsAs a young boy from the Inland Empire, I first learned how the monetary system works at the Balboa Fun Zone. It wasn't the bayfront Ferris wheel or famous ferry boats or chopped nut-covered Balboa Bars that unlocked the secrets ...

    by Matt Coker on May 29, 2003
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    Heaven on dirt - Ladies and gentlemen, your Anaheim Angels

    Photo by James BunoanBaseball is the summer game--you'd think it would be Ding Dong Ditch, but, no, it's baseball. So this summer you might want to check out a team called the Anaheim Angels. You may have heard of them, alternated between tragic bad...

    by Steve Lowery on May 29, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, May 12: Troy High in Fullerton wins its fifth National Science Olympiad in eight years--pending drug-test results, of course--over the weekend. TV and newspaper pictures show the victorious Trojans returning to cheering crowds as if they wer...

    by Steve Lowery on May 29, 2003
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    The Most Beautiful Girl in the World - Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Chile Pepper 2003!

    Photo by James BunoanSaturday's Chili Cookoff at San Juan Capistrano's Swallow's Inn was a creature of such meaty goodness, such gassy joy, so many juicy old ladies shaking their bonbons, they should have it every year! They already do have it eve...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 29, 2003
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    Give Blood, Replenish with Merlot - How to live during the summer of our discontent

    Why save your discontent for winter? There's enough now to last year-round. Make this your summer of discontent! You want The Matrix? I'll give you The Matrix. How's this: nearly every dollar you pour into that film and into other paranoia-fueling...

    by JIM WASHBURN on May 29, 2003
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    Oiling the Colonial Gears

    Last week the U.S. postponed self-rule for Iraq in favor of an "interim authority." Instead of running the country, select Iraqis will help the Americans rewrite the constitution, reorganize the educational system and prepare for elections. U.S. off...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on May 29, 2003
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    Beach Fuzz

    Illustration by Bob AulThe residents of Huntington Beach would like to thank you for the kick-ass job you did on me recently. Thanks for busting down the door because you had an "anonymous tip." Thanks for the compliments on growing the best weed yo...

    by ANONYMOUS on May 29, 2003
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    Mr. Spineless, to You - New suit, more questions ON DA, ARCO

    District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is already under fire for his friendly handling of a 2002 pollution case involving 143 Arco gas stations. Now a new lawsuit provides additional evidence that Rackauckas rolled over for the oil industry-and the press...

    by R. Scott Moxley on May 29, 2003
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    Surf Girl - Lauren Stinson rides MTVs waves

    Photo by Jeanne RiceThe reality show "Surf Girls" airs on MTV Mondays at 10:30 p.m. The show follows 14 young women as they surf some of the world's best spots, angling for a chance to compete in the Roxy Pro Fiji championship. Lauren Stinson is one...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 29, 2003
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    Scorecard

    Photo by Deborah Robinson/ Ducks PhotographerThis just in: Surfing is now popu- lar with women. This stunning revelation comes from a press release sent out by Los Angeles-based Pollack PR Marketing Group. According to "Account Coordinator and Surf...

    on May 29, 2003
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