“Rifkin’s characters are ruined, desperate creatures, comic and soulful, perpetually in line for a ladle full of redemption.” —Hammer Museum

“Rifkin is what might have happened had Nathanael West lived on and been even more talented . . . . Exquisite.” —Kirkus Reviews



“The Loneliness of the Sudden Savant,” Coast Magazine, May 24, 2016

Paper Moon” (Fiction), Angels Flight Literary West, March 23, 2016

“E Luxo So (It’s Only Luxury),” Black Clock #19, Fall-Winter 2014

On Publishing Your Novel Online: A guide to the mind games you'll play on yourself, plus Alt. Country excerpt,”
LA Weekly, June 18, 2009.

The Freedom to Write: What you knew, what you wanted to know,”
LA Weekly, Dec. 4, 2008.

Doubts, Dry Spells, and Days in the Desert,” West, lead feature, Jan. 28, 2007.

My New Heaven,” West, Dec. 17, 2006.

“Alt. Country” (excerpt from novel in progress), Black Clock #5, Spring-Summer 2006.

Fabu-Lit: Why the fantastical literature that’s peculiar to Los Angeles is the only American fiction worth reading,” Los Angeles Times Magazine, cover essay, Nov. 13, 2005.

Alpha Coach,” L.A. Weekly, cover profile of Phil Jackson, Sept. 30, 2005.

“On the Rebound Yet Again: Dennis Rodman Worms His Way Back Into Fans’ Hearts,” Los Angeles Times, Jan. 19, 2004.

Jesus With a Genius Grant: The ‘Post-Evangelicals’ embrace both science and the Bible, oppose war and abortion, and believe Right can meet Left. Their inspiration? Fuller Theological Seminary. Are they dangerously deluded, or scary smart?” Los Angeles Times Magazine, cover story, Nov. 23, 2003.

“Signal Hill” (novella excerpt), L.A. Weekly, Oct. 24, 2003.

“Pennies Striking Dust: The short, almost-happy life of the Los Angeles Writing Club,” L.A. Weekly, Aug. 8, 2003.

“Alive and Gone: There’s the Yiddishkayt festival, and then there’s Yiddish L.A., still dying after all these years,” Los Angeles Magazine, Oct. 2002.

Consider the Richardsons,” Image: A Journal of Religion and the Arts, Vol. 37, Winter 2002.

“So Simple,” L.A. Weekly, Aug. 1, 2003.

Pool Man” (cover story), L.A. Weekly, July 5, 2002.

“My Friend the Holy Man,” L.A. Weekly, Feb. 1, 2002.

“The Seasons of Los Angeles: All five of them,” L.A. Weekly, Oct. 12, 2001.

“The Lakes of Los Angeles,” L.A. Weekly, Oct. 12, 2001.

“This Used To Be My Playground,” Los Angeles Times Magazine, Nov. 14, 1999.

“The Good News Bear” (cover profile of Bob Toledo), Los Angeles Times Magazine, Oct. 11, 1998.

“Exile on 2nd Street,” Los Angeles Times Magazine, Jun. 14, 1998.

“The Rocket” (profile of Ismael Valdes), Si Magazine, Spring 1996.

“Soul of the Artist” (profile of Bruno Meglio), Hair and Fashion, Jan. 1996.

“Save the Whistling Fricative,” UCLA Magazine, Spring 1995.

“Cinderella Complex: What is it about the ‘lowly’ Lakers that makes us want to believe they could be a team of destiny?” Los Angeles Magazine, Jun. 1995.

“Black and Blue: Will the strike finally break baseball’s pathological spell over us—or was it just a lover’s quarrel on Walton’s Mountain?” Los Angeles Magazine, May 1995.

Contemplating Infinity: Astronomers, supernovas, and the fate of the universe,” L.A. Weekly, cover story, Jun. 2, 1995.

“Glove Story (cover profile of Oscar De La Hoya),” Los Angeles Reader, Jul. 22, 1994.

“Terminal Bliss,” Details magazine, Jun. 1993.

Tribal in Mind,” Details, April 1994.

“The Fish and I,” Details, Oct. 1991.

“The Dream Machine,” Details, Jan. 1993.

“The Greatest Show,” Details, Mar. 1992.

“Asian Women, L.A. Men,” Buzz magazine, Sept. 1993

“Soul Survivor” (profile of Steve Erickson), Buzz, April 1993.

“Boys in the Hoods,” Details, Dec. 1992.

“The Man That Time Forgot” (Iceman Mummy in Austria), Details, April 1992.

“Playground Rules,” L.A. Style, Mar. 1992.

“Building the Man of the Future” (James Watson and the Human Genome Project), Details, Aug. 1991.

Wave Theory,” L.A. Style, Jun. 1991.

“When Bo Comes Courting,” L.A. Style, Feb. 1991.

“To Live and Die in L.A.: Notes on the Great Refusal” (cover essay), L.A. Weekly, Dec. 21, 1990.

“The Secrets of Movie Advertising,” Premiere magazine, Oct. 1990.

“Stone Age,” Details, Sept. 1990.

“What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About” (review of Richard Ford’s Wildlife), L.A. Weekly, Jul. 13, 1990.

“One Night With the World in Your Grasp (fiction),” L.A. Style, April 1990.

“Play-by-Play Byplay,” L.A. Style, April 1990.

“Playing the Gender Game,” L.A. Style, 1990.

“The Boys of Summer,” L.A. Style, 1990.

“The Face of Baseball,” L.A. Style, 1990.

“Flight into Sanity” (review of Steve Erickon’s Leap Year), L.A. Style, date TK, 1989.

“American Rhythm,” L.A. Style, Sept. 1989.

“Sonority” (fiction), The Quarterly #12 (Vintage Books), Winter 1989.

“The Composer” (fiction), The Quarterly #9 (Vintage Books), Spring 1989.

“L.A.’s Pride and Joy,” L.A. Style, 1989.

“Our Sports Pages,” L.A. Style, 1989.

The Metaphysics of Hang Time,” L.A. Style, 1989.

“Everlasting Hero,” L.A. Style, 1989.

“The Big Uneasy,” L.A. Weekly, lead feature, Feb. 10, 1989.

“Waiting for Woogie,”L.A. Style, Dec. 1988.

“The Honor System” (fiction), The Quarterly #8 (Vintage Books), Winter 1988.

“Off Center” (profile of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), L.A. Style, July 1988.

“The Boys of Spring,” Alaska Airlines Magazine, May 1988.

“The Big Game,” Alaska Airlines Magazine, Nov. 1989.

“Expecting” (fiction), L.A. Style, Mar. 1988.

“The Eminent Slonimsky” (profile of Nicolas Slonimsky), L.A. Style, Nov. 1987.

“Hoops of Wrath,” Alaska Airlines Magazine, Nov. 1987.

“Shy L.A.: Essentials for the Circumspect Angeleno,” L.A. Weekly, Sept. 25, 1987.

“Drive, He Says,” L.A. Style, 1987.

“Quarterback’s Gentleman: Is Leigh Steinberg really the agent-saint of big-time sports?” L.A. Style, 1987.

“The Round World Made Flat,” Equator magazine, Dec. 1986.

“Not Standing Pat” (profile of Pat Riley), L.A. Style, Nov. 1986.

“The Artful Dodger Scout,” L.A. Style, 1986.

“By Sex Obsessed,” L.A. Weekly, cover feature, Aug. 19, 1988.

“The Jigsaw Puzzle,” L.A. Style, Jun. 1986.

“The Decade Wants Out of Its Skin,” L.A. Weekly (Valley Edition), April 11, 1986.

“The Miss America Seminar,” L.A. Weekly (Valley Edition), Mar. 14, 1986.

“A Boy and His Dam,” L.A. Weekly (Valley Edition), Mar. 28, 1986.

“Captive Audience,” L.A. Weekly (Valley Edition), Feb. 14, 1986.

“True Fright,” L.A. Weekly (Valley Edition) , Jan. 31, 1986.

“Presidents and Quarterbacks,” L.A. Weekly (Valley Edition), 1986.

“True Facts About Valley Girls,” L.A. Weekly (Valley Edition), Jan. 17, 1986.

“Many Mantras,” L.A. Weekly (Valley Edition), Jan. 3, 1986.

“The Making of a Plastic Surgeon” (cover feature), L.A. Weekly, 1986.

“True Flight: A tycoon, his pilot friends, and the ‘breadless art’ of soaring,” Los Angeles Times Magazine, Dec. 8, 1985.

“The Martyrs of Gaviota,” L.A. Weekly (Valley Edition), Dec. 6, 1985.

“Emotional L.A.,” L.A. Weekly, 1985.

“Lite Nite News,” L.A. Weekly, Aug. 2, 1985.

“Blasting Bruce Herschenson,” L.A. Weekly, Jun. 28, 1985.

“Michael Kellerman’s Magical Mystery Tour” (cover story), L.A. Weekly, Jun. 7, 1985.

“If Books Could Kill” (cover story), Los Angeles Reader, Feb. 22, 1985.

“Dark Involvements: Love in L.A., Sort Of,” L.A. Weekly, Dec. 21, 1984.

“On Perfecting the Lakers” (cover story), Los Angeles Reader, April 20, 1984.

“Xmas on the Air: Nine Writers Writing, and a Partridge in a Palm Tree,” California magazine, Dec. 1983.

“Art in Heaven,” California magazine, Nov. 1983.

“Confronting the Void, Or How I Lost My Heart in San Francisco,” cover essay, L.A. Weekly, Aug. 26, 1983.

“Shadow Dancing,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 25, 1983.

“Broadway Has a Broken Yellow Line,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 6, 1983.

“Video Art,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, 1982.

“Self-Help for the Musical Idiot,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, 1982.

“Eating by Design,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, Nov. 17, 1982.

“L.A. After Hours,” L.A. Weekly, cover feature, April 9, 1982.

“Mort Heilig’s Feelie Machine,” L.A. Weekly, Mar. 12, 1982.

“Rarities from a Treasured Writer,” L.A. Weekly, March 12, 1982.

“Renee Hollander’s Car,” L.A. Weekly, Nov. 27, 1981.

“Lee the Publisher,” L.A. Weekly, 1981.

“Here Stood a Great Motel,” L.A. Weekly, 1981.

“Jews of the Left and Right” (cover feature), L.A. Weekly, August 21, 1981.

“Restaurants L.A.” (cover feature), L.A. Weekly, July 24, 1981.

“Santa Monica: The Battle for Boardwalk” (cover feature), L.A. Weekly, Mar. 6, 1981.

“Restaurants L.A.” (cover feature), L.A. Weekly, Jan. 16, 1981.

“CIA Blows Job,” Wet magazine, Dec. 1980.

“You Can Be A Stellar Pedant,” California Goodlife magazine, April 1980.

 


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