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ALIVE IN LA LA LAND by Jack Smith (Franklin Watts: $18.95; 256 pp.)

October 29, 1989|Jack Miles

Veteran Los Angelologist Jack Smith has delivered one of his periodic reports on the health of the client. Nearly all the several dozen component parts--the title one ventures an etymology of the city's latest goofy nickname--have previously appeared as columns in The Times. And how is the client doing? Suffice it to say that alive in La La Land continues to be preferable to the alternative.

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