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Mark Haskell Smith bares all to live nudist life for 'Naked at Lunch'
Mark Haskell Smith bares all to live nudist life for 'Naked at Lunch'

Mark Haskell Smith wears clothes to meet a reporter at a Los Feliz café. Smith, the author of "Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World" (Grove: 320 pp., $25), doesn't seem particularly amused by this observation. He says he's fielded his share of lame witticisms since he began his firsthand investigations into nudism. Throughout his time in a nude community in France, on a nude Alpine walking tour and on a nude cruise, he remained — as his subtitle proclaims — a reluctant nudist. "Part of the fun of the book is seeing how awkward I am in my own skin when there's nothing to hide behind," he...

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