I especially like the title of a 12:30 panel at next weekend's two-day annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books for its helpful reminder and either existential celebration or complaint. "You are Here: Perspectives on Life in Southern California," featuring Times columnists suggests tha ... More >>
One of my favorite parts of 2011 was the inauguration of "Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series!" in which I did my best Dick Cavett impersonation while interviewing authors, intellectuals, and other general awesome people at the Fullerton Public Library, under the auspices of the Cal State Fullerton Dep ... More >>
Believe it or not, I've actually been lagging in my plans to promote my much-promised book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America (out April 10) because of my responsibilities with being the editor of your favorite infernal rag and shit. Why, I still have a box of galleys to give out.Thank ... More >>
For the last year of my KPFK-FM 90.7 radio show, I always had the pleasure of personally meeting longtime host Maria Armoudian--if only for about a minute. See, Armoudian's show, The Insighters, followed mine, and our compliments were done as I was getting out of the recording studio and she was ... More >>
Queen hostess with the mostest, yes, Martha Stewart itself will be making a stop in OC tomorrow, Nov. 3, to promote her new book, Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations. The 70-year-old homemakerpreneur will do a cooking demo and signing at Macy's South Coast Plaza Home St ... More >>
Written by new OC Weekly intern Mary Carreon. Hola, Mary!Beloved Mexican-American author Sandra Cisneros graced Libreria Martinez this past Saturday afternoon, with the legendary bookstore filled with over 250 Cisneros fans. Store owner Rueben Martinez stated that he had seen his store so full be ... More >>
Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who presumably did not have his way with Monica Lewinsky, signs books at the Borders book store in Tustin Saturday.The onetime and possibly future presidential contender is scheduled to appear at 4:30 p.m. to sign his new book A Simple Christmas.
We wish we could show you the rest, but we can't. Click after the jump to see the full image! It's a rarity that I ever receive anything other than the most mundane of press releases from local galleries and museums.Not because the work being exhibited is mundane. Far from it.Press releases ... More >>
TruongAuthors Monique Truong and Andrew Lam are scheduled to visit Orange County's Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) on Tuesday, September 21 to celebrate the publishing of their new books.Truong, a Saigon native who lives in New York City, will discuss Bitter in the Mout ... More >>
Have you heard of The Crafty Chica? She's pretty hard to escape if you're into crafting of any type. Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, is an all-encompassing craft force to be reckoned with. From her yearly Crafty Chica cruises, seven crafting how-to books, television features, an ... More >>
I originally reviewed Athenian Burgers #3 in Buena Park nearly two-and-a-half years ago, and its reputation for wrapping the best breakfast burritos in Orange County remains, even continues to grow. May the following conversation I had about it with Evan Kleiman of KCRW-FM 89.9's Good Food bring it ... More >>
Last month, I wrote about the surprisingly good flautas offered by La Casa Garcia in Anaheim. It's not the county's best Mexican-American joint (though does belongs among the top 10), but owner Frank Garcia is a true Mexi-mensch; his annual We Give Thanks Thanksgiving dinners is the stuff of legend, ... More >>
Ho-hum, another TV show based on the "Orange County" experience. At least this one holds the promise of being something other than the usual rich & bitchen exploits of the Botoxed coastal-living set. Firoozeh Dumas, whose debut book Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian i ... More >>
Call it more progressive (read: adult) editorial stance, a copyeditor's error, or a raised middle-finger to the paper's days of branding itself a "family newspaper," I have to admit being tickled at the sight of the word "shit" popping up in today's print edition of the LA Times. It's right there o ... More >>
The Weekly has learned that our resident astronomer passed on to the land of the stars. Rochelle "Rockie" Gardiner died at age 70 on October 31. Rockie was the author of the Rockie Horoscope that has graced the pages of our paper since 1995.
Read the full obit here. She will be greatly missed.
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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, ... More >>
Longtime OC Weekly readers will remember my 2003 cover story on how conservatives use the Chicano students group MEChA to smear politicians. Read the latest update in in today's Times, where I argue MEChA isn't racist. Have at it, boyos!
Perhaps because it's in the Drinking Issue, Cornel Bonca's review of Paula L. Woods' new novel Strange Bedfellows (featured in Selected Reviews from the Weekly on the sidebar) reminded me both of my own experiences with bad novels and my favorite quote from one very good novel, Waguih Ghali's Beer i ... More >>