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Lords of Dumbtown

The NYT Sunday Styles section appears to have recovered from last week’s bout of LA-mania. Nonetheless, the ‘A Night Out‘ column features Emile Hirsch and Raphael Verela– a star of and bit player, respectively, in the skateboarding movie ‘Lords of Dogtown’– following them around Venice as they raise heck and shred pavement. (By the way, when I was a teen, we called skateboarding ‘skating.’ Now the kids call it ‘boarding.’ Some days I feel so old.)

Anyway, these guys appear to be on the low end of the A Night Out Insightful Banter Index:

“In Dogtown,” Mr. Hirsch said, “skateboards are like bikes to the Chinese.” Dinner arrived as Mr. Verela and Mr. Hirsch debated their favorite Nietzsche quotations, the dismal state of the environment and the number of spiders the average person inhales in his sleep. (Mr. Verela claimed 20 a month.)

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Mr. Hirsch got his board from the trunk of the car and gazed down the slope. “It’s really steep when you’re on it,” he said, and proceeded to instruct everyone where to stand in order to get the best view of his descent. “Punk rock bro!” he shouted, and flung himself down the hill, crouched low on his board.

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