Deborah Vankin

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  • 7 years ago | Books

    Intern/fact checker, editorial assistant 1998-1999Associate arts editor 2000-2002Books/food/lifestyle editor 2002-2005 It was a single issue, February 6, 1998, that led me to the Weekly. I’d just moved to Los Angeles from the East Coast and ...

  • 8 years ago
  • 9 years ago | A Considerable Town

    If you’d had two gin and tonics and squinted real hard, it could have been 1976. Patti Smith, blissful sneer and all, was onstage with longtime guitarist Lenny Kaye, laying into the mike like an angry teenager: “G. L. O. R. I. A. Glooo...

  • 10 years ago
  • 10 years ago | A Considerable Town

    Here’s a good party trick: Glibly mention your imminent travel arrangements at a crowded cocktail gathering — maybe a 4 p.m. flight out of LAX — and then openly question your sense of direction. “Freeways or surface streets?...

  • 10 years ago | A Considerable Town

    Photos by Kevin ScanlonThe entrance to Thai Town — the six blocks of Hollywood Boulevard between Western and Normandie, according to a 1999 City Council decision — is unofficially marked by an enormous, supine hot dog the size of a subma...