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April 23, 2007 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
IF F. Scott Fitzgerald had gone to Yale instead of Princeton, set his novel among precociously successful designers and financiers, with a struggling freelance journalist rather than a Midwestern bond dealer narrating, it might have turned out a bit like "The Tourists," a new novel by a 27-year-old Angeleno transplant named Jeff Hobbs. Those kinds of comparisons are too pat, of course, but nonetheless people are likening its author to the pride of St. Paul, Minn.
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April 23, 2007 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
IF F. Scott Fitzgerald had gone to Yale instead of Princeton, set his novel among precociously successful designers and financiers, with a struggling freelance journalist rather than a Midwestern bond dealer narrating, it might have turned out a bit like "The Tourists," a new novel by a 27-year-old Angeleno transplant named Jeff Hobbs. Those kinds of comparisons are too pat, of course, but nonetheless people are likening its author to the pride of St. Paul, Minn.
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April 28, 2007
INTERESTING, the attitude our self-hyping, blow-your-own-horn journalists take toward author Jeff Hobbs: "Aw, he's shy. Isn't that sweet?" [" 'Tourists' Friendly," by Scott Timberg, April 23]. Hobbs would at one time have been called "modest." Modesty: that means soft-pedaling your accomplishments; responding graciously when praised; resisting the urge to impose your "self-esteem" on others. Modesty is a virtue. Virtue: That means ... never mind. SYLVIA ALLOWAY Granada Hills
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June 17, 2007
Los Angeles Times List for June 17, 2007 *--* Fiction Weeks on list 1. The Overlook by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: $21.99) 3 Harry Bosch is on the case after a physicist is found dead on a Mulholland Drive overlook. 2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead: 3 $25.95) Two Afghan women struggle to survive jihad, civil war and Taliban tyranny. 3. The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon 6 (HarperCollins: $26.
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April 6, 2008 | Choire Sicha, Special to The Times
On the rainy night of March 18, the day that Donald Ray Pollock's book of short stories came out, about 14 months after his agent sold the collection to Doubleday, Pollock did a reading in Cincinnati at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. "Knockemstiff" is a linked series of elegantly written stories that take place in a terrible small town in Ohio, where fat boys enjoy being dartboards and youngsters incesting in the woods are murdered, and many, many drugs are sold and consumed.
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July 25, 2002 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California is the "national epicenter" of coastal pollution, with one in three U.S. beach closures and warnings occurring between Rincon Beach in Ventura County and the Mexican border, a national environmental group reported Wednesday. The Natural Resources Defense Council's 12th annual "Testing the Waters" study shows that beach closures and warnings due to pollution were up across the nation and in California last year.
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August 13, 2003 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
Sewage spills and polluted runoff forced the closing of California's beaches more than 4,500 times last year, with three dozen beaches remaining off limits to swimmers for three months or more because of high bacteria counts, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nationwide environmental group. The number of closings in California actually fell 31% in 2002 from the previous year, a drop that the environmental group attributed largely to last year's drought.
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December 13, 2002 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
State water officials on Thursday took their first step toward controlling unhealthful levels of bacteria that are flushed into Santa Monica Bay after heavy rainstorms. The new rules cover 44 beaches that stretch from the Los Angeles-Ventura County line to Outer Cabrillo Beach south of Palos Verdes Peninsula. The regulations give local government officials 10 to 18 years to reduce the number of days that water-borne bacteria can exceed human health standards in waters near shore.
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