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  • Calendar

    February 27, 2014

    Conversations on Writing and Public Life

    Humanities Gateway Room 1030, UC Irvine

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    10 Rappers Who Have Changed Their Names

    Rappers are often quick to change the names we've grown accustomed to. Religion and maturity usually account for the swap, but sometimes, like in Diddy's case, the change is completely unfounded. In many cases, however, the name change has happened before the artist has blown up. Here are 10 rappe ... More >>

  • Music

    September 12, 2013
  • Columns

    July 11, 2013

    Christian Giving

    [Hey, You!] I've had enough now, thanks

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    LGBT Groups Angry That Harvest Crusade's Greg Laurie is Part of National Day of Prayer

    Tomorrow, the National Day of Prayer is scheduled to happen in Washington, D.C. featuring a who's who of homophobes, retrogrades, and flat-out liturgical losers. Yet the person who's gotten the attention of LGBT activists surprised that Christians don't like dem gays is Greg Laurie of Harvest Crusad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Top 10 Wally George Band Interviews From The Hot Seat

    Come Friday, it'll be nine years since Wally George, the ultimate crotchety conservative, left this world for the big public access talk show in the sky. The self-proclaimed father of "Combat TV" died of pneumonia in 2003 at age 71 inside Fountain Valley Hospital. He left behind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2012

    It Can't Happen Here: Funny and Political Novels and Non-Fiction Books, or: Toward Putting the RNC in Some Perspective

    If the image at extreme right makes you laugh, your mental health is better than mine, and perhaps being so darn well-adjusted means you don't need the constant reality check required by Mr. Bib in the form of journalism, essays, memoir, fiction and nonfiction, cartoons and jokes and commentaries, r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Brandi Carlile Explains Why She Had to Record Her Latest Album in the Middle of the Woods

    See Also:*Duran Duran Speaks: John Taylor Says Twitter Helped Bring Their Fanbase Back to the '80s*Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer is a Gutsy Move*Hank III Doesn't Aim to e Legendary, Just Original It's been a good year for Brandi Carlile. She's got a new record, and sh ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 2, 2012

    Me-Ality Is a Jeans Jean-ie

    [Trendzilla] This new system makes sure you get the perfect pair

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Locals Only: Wreckin' Katz Are An Upright Psychobilly Brigade

    Aesthetically, Wreckin' Katz are easily pegged as a psychobilly squad. They take pride in their textbook, greaser-punk exterior: tight black jeans; big, studded belts; sleeveless vests; and tatted-up arms.They pen lyrics about lost sanity and burning stuff. Musically, however, you'd better be ready ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Atheists Strike Again: Christopher Hitchens Back From the Dead on Midway City Billboard

    One wonders if Christopher Hitchens, the fierce-witted writer and devout atheist, had a big "oh shit" moment on Dec. 15 after he breathed his last, having succumbed to complications from esophageal cancer at the age of 62.  Regardless, his words will live on in countless essays and books, inclu ... 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 18, 2012

    Cal State Fullerton to Host Symposium on Role of Religion

    Cal State Fullerton's Comparative Religion Student Association and the Religious Diversity Forum are hosting a symposium tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. titled "From Social Service to Social Change: The Public Role of Religion in Los Angeles." The symposium will examine Southern California' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    What We Learned, Jan. 6-Jan. 13

    ​Jan. 6: We obtain a screenshot of Jeremy Popoff's Facebook page, on which he claims he hasn't avoided calls from the Weekly, that we committed journalistic malpractice by "twisting [his] words" and that our man Brandon Ferguson should masturbate rather than try to ask him questions. Can't argue w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Blase Bonpane, Legendary Toppler of Wally George's Desk, Returns to OC This Friday

    ​Blase Bonpane, religious rebel and renegade, has lived a life inspired by the prospect of peace in our world. Director of the Office of the Americas, weekly radio host of World Focus on KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles, and author of numerous books, the tireless activist turns to the subject of his own li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Christopher Hitchens' OC Connection

    Flickr user H2g2bobHitch​Christopher Hitchens died Thursday at the age of 62 after battling esophageal cancer, and though his prolific and enlightening work belongs to the world, he did make an Orange County connection late in life.Hitch-22: A Memoir (2010) includes a chapter based on Hitchens hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    3hree Things: Holiday Shopping For THAT DUDE

    ​​Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, in which Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native. You've seen him in Orange County; a forty-something-year-old man, ungracefully dealing with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    "Ex-Gay" Was Coined at Melodyland Church in Anaheim; Participant Now Wants It Buried, Too

    ​The term "ex-gay," which refers to people who successfully converted from homosexuality to heterosexuality, is said to have been coined in a 1980 study that examined 11 men who essentially "prayed the gay away" at Melodyland Christian Center. The Word of Faith church that was across Harbor Boulev ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 6, 2011

    'How the World Began' Cleans Those Jesus Glasses

    The excellent South Coast Rep production is about more than creationism vs. reason

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Aasif Mandvi, Daily Show Correspondent, Coming to Anaheim to Scoop up CAIR Award

    ​The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of Greater Los Angeles, which is based in Anaheim, will bestow its 2011 Courage in Media Award to Indian-British actor and comedian Aasif Hakim Mandviwal.He's better known as Aasif Mandvi, the hilarious correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stew ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 19, 2010

    Latter-Day Mexicans

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] South of the border Mormons redux

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Did Denis Lyons' Attorney Inadvertently Admit His Client is a Pedophile?

    Yesterday, we wrote about how the Diocese of Orange is using a laughable argument to try and keep secret personnel files on pedo-priest Denis Lyons in a recent civil suit. Unsurprisingly, Lyons' lawyers also filed a brief for the same purpose using the same tactic of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown: that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Gustavo KPFK Show, Part II--Preview and Review*Updated, with new info on the bottom...Gracias to those of you who listened last week to my debut on KPFK-FM 90.7 and left supportive comments (rest of you can listen to the archived version here; scroll down to "Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, 4:03 p.m. and click "Play"--never mind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    Bishop John Steinbock is a Disgusting, Pedo-Priest-Loving, Hypocritical Sinner

    Greatest-Religion-Reporter-Ever William Lobdell alerted me to the story of Diocese of Fresno Bishop John Steinbock removing Father Geoffrey Farrow from the diocese and his salary and health benefits for speaking out against the gay-marriage-banning Proposition 8 and coming out as a homosexual. That ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008

    Print Journalism: The 8-track cassette of news?

    William Lobdell, a veteran investigative reporter/editor in the Orange County wings of the Los Angeles Times media empire until he took a buyout last month, launched LOBDELL'S OC today. Lobdell says his blog will focus on news and observations concerning OC, but his inaugural post provided dark, if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008

    William Lobdell--Gone :-(

    As noted below by Scott, William Lobdell has left the Los Angeles Times. And, as Scott noted, Lobdell was no ordinary reporter--the man was a multiple-award-winning titan, one of the best religion reporters ever to grace American newspapers, and definitely the best in covering the Gospel Swamp that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2008

    Rev. Schuller Spins Orange Coast Magazine

    Like Rich, we're excited to see the "new" Orange Coast, and wish it the best even though it's now technically a competitor. I've yet to see the issue that Rich dissected but did catch the one before, one that already had hints of the literary journalism and well-written analysis readers can expect u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2006

    Now He's Worried

    Kevin Phillips is worried. Perhaps the brightest of the version of "the Best and Brightest" who followed Nixon to the White House in 1968, Phillips looks at today's GOP and doesn't like what he sees. It's the subject of his new book, American Theocracy: The Perils and Politics of Radical Religion, O ... More >>