Patt Morrison

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    An Inconvenient Thirst

    Looking out the large windows from Jay Famiglietti's corner office at UC Irvine on a sun-drenched late-spring day, you take in an inviting deep greenbelt and, just beyond that, the green, green grass of Aldrich Park. Contrast that with the view from the UCI hydrologist's new office at the NASA Jet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Disneyland: The Gayest Place On Earth

    Two young men are walking down Disneyland's Main Street on a chilly September evening, holding hands. The older one is wearing a flamboyant blue kimono with a dragon emblazoned on the back. He shows no signs of nervousness as he tries to comfort his companion, who's dressed simply in a pair of pants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Why OC Weekly Will Continue to Use the Term "Illegal Immigrant," and Even "Illegals"

    Whenever people ask me whether OC Weekly still uses terms like "illegal immigrant" to refer to undocumented folks, I'm reminded of the episode in The Simpsons when Homer, Apu, Barney, and Mr. Skinner formed the Be Sharps. Bart asked Homer if they destroyed their fame by doing something stupid, like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2013

    You are Here: Orange County in the House at the LA Times Festival of Books

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2012

    OC Bookly at the LA Times Festival of Books

    I've attended nearly all of the previous 16 years of the annual Los Angeles Times books festivals, this one again on the campus of USC. There was that one year I missed, when the bibliochild was born and some friends, fellow writers and Santa Monica Review volunteers staffed the SMR booth, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2012

    Mi Taco es su Taco: How Mexican Food Conquered America

    I finally visited the snazzy corporate offices of the OC Weekly last week, to interview my editor, Gustavo "¡Ask a Mexican!" Arellano. Despite writing for years for the county's favorite alt-weekly, I'd conducted only an email relationship with the staff and editors. I arrived in person to tape my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    OC Weekly Honored By Los Angeles Press Club

    Yay, Kelly!​Last night the Los Angeles Press Club held its 53rd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards at the ornately appointed Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. We know you have some burning questions: Did award presenter and Mary Tyler Moore Show thespian Ed Asner really ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Where to Watch Obama's State of the Union Speech

    ​An offshoot of the Democratic National Committee holds a State of the Union "Watch Party" tonight at a pizza parlor in the People's Republic of Irvine.Meanwhile, local Republicans are viewing President Barack Hussein Obama's speech before both houses of Congress at their neighborhood country club ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Chapman Law School Dean Needs to Read Navel Gazing!

    I appeared on KOCE-TV Channel 50's Inside OC with Rick Reiff a couple of weeks ago to debate Chapman Law School Dean John Eastman on Proposition 8 and other topics on which we mostly agreed. Eastman is one of the legal minds behind the Yes on 8 arguments that will be argued tomorrow before the Calif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Goat Boy: Not So Dead Edition

    With the global economy teetering on the brink of self-destruction, America still fighting a two-front war in Iraq and Pakistan, the LA Times about to fire the 75 people who somehow haven't been fired yet, and the Angels out of the race for the pennant, it's about time for a feel-good human interest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    Re: Press Club Awards

    Some highlights: - Yahoo's open bar and their token Yahootinis (basically Lemon Drop martinis with some strange medicinal aftertaste). And their nuclear ice cubes. (See photo.) - Gear from the L.A. County Coroner's Office gracing the silent auction - and becoming a major draw. - Arianna Huffington ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 13, 2006


    Jester hats? Because they're crazy

  • Culture

    June 2, 2005

    Of National Politics

    This Is AirTalk gathers the eclectic radio interviews of KPCCs Larry Mantle

  • Columns

    August 26, 2004
  • News

    May 6, 1999

    Hearts and Blinders

    The propaganda war continues in Little Saigon