Ryan Vaillancourt

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  • 7 years ago | People

    Steve Melendrez grew up selling cheap furniture in Orange County. Six days a week, 10 hours a day, he hawked bottom-of-the barrel hunks of cotton, polyester and wood, which were surely bound for pizza stains and, eventually, the landfill.   (...

  • 8 years ago | A Considerable Town

    Gathered in a dim, tiny black-box theater in one of Hollywood’s seedier enclaves, five writers sit in nervous silence. The hum of a ventilator fan is colored with bursts of keypad chatter and the scribble of a pen from the room’s lone ...

  • 9 years ago | Longform

    “The Bicycle Kitchen is not a bike shop,” says Joshua Moody, one of the roughly 40 mechanics, or “cooks,” who volunteer there twice a week. It’s a Tuesday night around 6:30 when Moody unlocks the door to the Bicycle K...

  • 9 years ago | A Considerable Town

    Gene Evans is the fireworks man. Where most little boys begin and end a short, lusty affair with anything that lights on fire — bottle rockets, frogs, little sisters’ ponytails — Evans and fireworks never broke up. They live toge...

  • 9 years ago | A Considerable Town

    Brett Goldstone stands before one of his steam-powered creations that, at least among his own circle of artistic co-conspirators, make him renowned. It’s a massive machine that resembles a crude iron wagon. Attached to the back is a rusty bo...

  • 9 years ago | Books

    Sometimes when navigating unfamiliar radio waves, usually on long road trips, I settle on the classical station long enough to nearly doze off, jerk my head back upright and change the station to avoid impending doom. It’s not that I don&rsq...