Laguna Greeter Earns National Nod

Details is a so-so magazine, an Esquire for guys whose idea of manliness is Aaron Carter. Much better is the writing chops of editor-at-large Jeff Gordinier in his new book, X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but can Still Keep Everything from Sucking. And we love that, in his intro, he gives a shout-out to the legendary eccentric, Eiler Larsen, the Greeter of Laguna Beach. Apparently Gordinier worked at an ice cream shop a couple of feet away from Greeter's Corner, where he explains to a national audience "an old bearded gent who looks like an ancient mariner from a box of frozen fish sticks has been recruited to stand all day long in the scalding sun, waving at cars and confused pedestrians." Gordinier got the recruitment part wrong--Larsen needed no prodding nor did his replacement, Number One Archer--but we nevertheless appreciate his plug. Now, if he could only get his employer to stop their asinine Gay or Straight feature...


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