Glenn Greenwald was already an influential columnist before June of this year, most notably for his recent work at Salon and The Guardian but also for contributions to publications ranging from The New York Times and Los Angeles Times to The National Interest and The American Conservative. But the 4 ... More >>
I read a lot of food writing. A lot of it--in fact, at least 80 percent of my RSS feed is food--and I'm getting tired. I'm tired of having to sit there and mentally analyze every article I write for the signs of bullshit food writing, because the signal-to-noise ratio of food writing is headed strai ... More >>
TEDxOrangeCoast, which stages TED conferences in Orange County, has announced tickets are now on sale and three speakers have been revealed for September's event at the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa.The bright-minded ones are a chemist, a volunteer garden builder and a high school science whiz.
Sometime in the past decade, cupcakes, the single-serving frosted cakes that moms lugged to classroom birthday parties, became OMGCUPCAKES!, a cultural phenomenon that had folks waiting in long lines and forking over three bucks or more for a gourmet red velvet (or carrot, mocha or gluten-free red v ... More >>
KCET-TV Channel 28's SoCal Connected devoted a segment yesterday to the travesty that is the Archdiocese of Los Angeles sex-abuse scandal, specifically on their program of dumping pedo-priests in predominantly Latino parishes. But it also included a small aside to bring in the story of OC's worst-ev ... More >>
So here's something. The New York Times announced yesterday that Starbucks customers can get free access to 15 articles a day on NYTimes.com if they do it through the coffee store's in-house Wi-Fi network--a backdoor to the now tightened-up paywall that the paper instituted two years ago.
Even though the story is preposterous, the themes this Chance Theater production explores are anything but
So the New York Times and Huffington Post picked up on a story The Star-Ledger wrote about when a Chipotle consumer noticed that his receipts were a few pennies over the actual total, rounded off to the nearest 5-cents. He said it wasn't the pennies he lost, but the principle. The original stor ... More >>
A bill approved by the California Assembly Monday would allow judges to extend parental rights to a child's third parent.Senate Bill 1476, which was co-authored by state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would allow--for instance--a gay father raising a child with a lesbian couple to also have paren ... More >>
Fresh off a flurry of sales of newspapers in Texas and the Midwest, the Orange County Register's owner Freedom Communications reveals it has sold 20 more papers in Florida and North Carolina.
The Old Gray Lady has confronted your friendly neighborhood park pervert.Chuting in from an international kerfuffle unknown, The New York Times has discovered the growing phenomenon of Orange County parks being declared off limits to convicted sex offenders.
Jamie Oliver scored a victory last week. McDonald's has announced that they will stop using ammonium hydroxide in their beef, a substance that the crusading chef once labeled as "pink slime". The chemical is added to beef scraps to kill off bacteria such as E. Coli and is approved by the USDA. Bu ... More >>
Far from me to reject any praise from Publisher's Weekly, which has always loved my books--praised ¡Ask a Mexican!, gave Orange County: A Personal History a starred review, and just called my forthcoming Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America one of spring's Top 10 Cookbooks for 2012, alon ... More >>
Well, duh. According to the New York Times, a study of pop song lyrics showed not only that messages about sex not only go to the top of the charts, but also sell better. In a study by the State University of New York in Albany, they found that messages of procreation in country music and t ... More >>
Headed to Comic Con this week? Then snag what's sure to be one of the more sought-after pieces of swag: official Cheesy Poofs from the creators of South Park. The New York Times reports that Comedy Central and Frito-Lay have teamed up to promote 15 years of South Park by releasing Cartman's ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] Where to find the best Vietnamese sugarcane juice in Little Saigon
Or 'Survivor'. Or '(Head for) The Hills.' As the industry panics, the NYT gets its own reality show
Flickr user svenskThe New York Times' coverage of Vietnamese food has always been laughable--who can ever forget its decade-late feature on Sriracha or it declaring 2009 the "year of the bánh mì" (while neglecting to mention Little Saigon among the nation's Vietnamese enclaves) about seven year ... More >>
Photo by Das UbergeekWhat is it about the national media that gets Vietnamese-food trends laughably late and wrong? If it's not The New York Times "discovering" Sriracha and bánh mì, it's the Washington Post devoting way too many words to some D.C.-area chefs who, as the headline puts it, "put ... More >>
A look at what STAGES, Theater Out, Monkey Wrench Collective and other great OC theater companies will stage in 2011
Over the course of a year I read a lot of comic books. I'm talking about a lot of fucking comic books. That's not a boast. If anything, it's an admission of guilt or a cry for help. At the very least, it should be a sign that I should mix in a magazine, a Blu-ray player instruction manual or ... More >>
R. Scott Moxley told you in October about Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) having inserted himself in the violent 2009 coup that toppled the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. Was Dana Rohrabacher Playing Kingmaker in Central America?To refresh your memory, th ... More >>
We twittered, shared and reposted all these stories ad nauseum in 2010--for a good reason. This year, trashy viral videos made more of an impact than the Grammys, and Antoine Dodson was more memorable than Beatles songs finally getting on iTunes. So the line blurring of talent and fame is m ... More >>
Ed Royce: Shoo-in elections are fun.Do we have real congressional election contests in the Orange County/Long Beach area or, despite all the hullabaloo, is the whole affair preordained?Data from The New York Times, based on FiveThirtyEight Forecasts, shows the answer isn't necessarily uplifting. ... More >>
Nothing of critical import opens this weekend in the OC area, but a lot of shows are approaching the end of their runs, including critically acclaimed productions of Measure for Pleasure at the Garage Theatre in Long Beach (closes Saturday), Pool (No Water) at the Monkey Wrench Collective i ... More >>
Few acts have created as much buzz in recent months as San Francisco's Girls. Their debut disc, simply titled Album, has garnered rave reviews in publications ranging from Pitchfork (a whopping 9.1) to New York Times ("Album is one of the year's most bracing pop releases, and one of the best..") to ... More >>
dieselbug2007 @ flickr.com CC BY-NC 2.0Some weeks ago, there was a two-part list of service sins published (here and here) by Bruce Buschel in a blog for the New York Times. To call the list picky doesn't do it justice; don't play brass music? Seriously?The post inspired a lot of snarky comments ... More >>
Photo by Edwin GoeiIt's a long, long way from Garden Grove to New York's Lower East Side, but Young Ja Chun's kim chi had made the trip and was featured by The New York Times in a short but sweet article.
Despite Clockwork's attempt to jest while previewing the Council on American-Islamic Relations' "Writing for Hollywood" seminar and pat its own back for getting inserted into the New York Times' coverage of the event for aspiring Muslim screenwriters (as well as some unkind reader comments to our ... More >>
This beach is not actually in Orange County, but it's fun to pretend.The New York Times has long held the motto "all the news that's fit to print." And you know, sometimes, even here at OC Weekly, all the news just doesn't fit.So, please to enjoy some more summer songs picked by some more local musi ... More >>
twenty_questions / Flickr / Creative CommonsAlright! Orange County journalist can move up in the newspaper world! Check it out: Veteran Register reporter Greg Hardesty is in the pages of the New York Times.I mean, ok, he's not writing for the Gray Lady. He's just a source in one of those horrible tr ... More >>
This week in SAFII:There was plenty of good news, in terms of appointments (Craig Strong as Executive Chef of Studio, at the Montage Laguna Beach), openings (a froyo shop--natch--a gelato shop attached to a Thai restaurant (of course!!) and a sparkly Vietnamese) and resurrections (Carl's Jr's Portob ... More >>
UPDATED WITH FORBES' CORRECT RELATIONSHIP TO THE BOOK. As I've blogged here incessantly, Matt McCarthy wrote Odd Man Out, a Viking Press tell-all I adored about his lone year as a lefty pitcher in the Angels minor league baseball system. Articles doubting the veracity of many salaci ... More >>
Orange County? Postponing implants and Botox? The New York Times is reporting that in Orange County, "where plastic surgery is a part of [our] culture" (sigh), business is down 30 to 40 percent. The story chalks it up to both financial constraints and, surprisingly, even a "Botox backlash"--men ... More >>
This morning I went to my local LA Times news stand to put in a couple of quarters and obtain a 'lil slice of history for my scrap book. To my surprise, I discovered that I wasn't the only person in Long Beach with this brilliant plan. There were no papers left! So I went to a stand up the street on ... More >>
Seemingly everybody and their political consultant has opined on this week's New Yorker cover that mockingly shows Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim imam giving a fist rap to wife Michelle, who's dressed a Hezbollah warrior princess. Even old, wretched Barbara Coe, h ... More >>
A story in this morning's New York Times on last month's heat wave makes for grim reading. According to the paper's examination of records, approximately 140 Californians died from the heat during the month of July, "a death toll unlike any the state had seen from high temperatures since 1955, state ... More >>
The online environmental Grist Magazine points to a New York Times story with this: Words Fail Us Hummer propaganda aimed at kids through McDonald's Happy Meals Sometimes a story comes along that so perfectly captures a culture's pathologies that it should be put in a time capsule, so future genera ... More >>
There are those who say that the Department of Homeland Security, which the Bush administration frankensteined into existence in 2002, is a dysfunctional government agency, but this morning's New York Times brings evidence that DHS is clearly following in the steps of such well established and widel ... More >>
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NY Times First Amendment 'martyr' Miller comes to town