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Alan Rifkin

Credit: Jason Levesque

Publishing Your Novel Online

There will be two main characters in the story of publishing your novel online, protagonist and antagonist, and just as in life, they’re both you. Call them Author 1 and Author 2. Author 1 has had some good reviews and has a secret image to uphold about being better than......

The Freedom to Write

Freelance contributor 1980-present Twenty years before Little Miss Sunshine, I watched former Miss America Debra Sue Maffett as she gave a modeling/flag-waving...

Alpha Coach

Photo by Anne FishbeinUp the hall at Lakers headquarters, emerging from a closed-door meeting, here comes Phil Jackson, in a rolling cloud of three stiffly collegial, broadcast-booth- generation men. And though at 6'8" he is not even the tallest in the group, or the most famous for once, or officially......

Pennies Striking Dust

Illustrations by Daniel May A story that could only be written by a certain kind of heartbreakingly talented woman with red hair and freckles, it told the fatal last ride and otherworldly release of Bo T. Blackeye: rodeo clown, widower, a man still leveled, as we are, by the plain......

Pool Man

Every March is free hot dog month at Superior Pool Supply -- an early sign of summer, at least to pool men in Norwalk. “You‘re about out of relish,” John the pool man said, finishing his second. Someone said, “You know, hot dogs didn’t used to come with relish.” The......

My Friend the Holy Man

Illustration by Hadley Hooper AS A FRIEND, PAT WAS AT THE TOP OF HIS game two years ago, when I was recovering from knee surgery and he visited me every night for nearly a month, which is how people get nostalgic for disasters. Even in Long Beach he was the......