What Is The OC?

A review of literature -– some scathing -– on the complexities of Orange County, California.

January 12, 2005, 10:00 AM PST

By David Gest

"...Orange County is a very interesting and very, very strange place, where rampant Disneyfication, Christian fundamentalism, suburban complacency and late-model consumer capitalism all sleep in the same bed...Where earnestness, innocence, crazy ambition and ignorance still thrive together in classic American Dream style, and where the results are, all at once, beautiful, beguiling and ruinous."

Thanks to David Gest

Friday, January 7, 2005 in Orange County Weekly

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