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Jonathan Craven

Photo by Kevin Scanlon

Reality Survivors

Is it possible that the much-maligned realm of reality TV, which brought us the sophomoric The Real Gilligan’s Island, the not-bad-enough-to-be-good The Anna Nicole Show and The Biggest Loser, is emerging with more culturally refined fare? The answer is a resounding . . . not entirely (see: The Apprentice). But if it......

Attention, Skaters With Visa Cards!

Photo by Mark 'Cobrasnake' HunterThough I rode a skateboard when I was younger, I never actually visited skate parks or joined a crew or anything — thus, I don’t claim any kind of “ex-skater” status (de rigueur as it may be). That said, the Supreme store in Hollywood is a......
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Best Tennis for Misfits: Vermont Canyon Tennis Courts

Not long ago, borrowed racquet in hand and completely ignorant of the spot’s history, I walked up to the Vermont Canyon Tennis Courts (2715 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz, 323-663-0740), inhaled the heated sage and pine and smelled sanity for the first time in months.It was late summer, and I......

Selling Day for Night

In 1975 a recently divorced man who, coincidentally or not, also had given up wearing socks, passed the following witticism to his two offspring: “They say that if you took the United States, put it up on one end and shook it really, really hard... everything loose would fall into......