“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

Alan Rifkin is a former Details and L.A. Weekly contributing editor who has also written for Premiere, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Black Clock and The Quarterly, ed. Gordon Lish. A finalist for both the PEN Center-USA Award in Journalism and the Southern California Booksellers Award in Fiction, he has led workshops in magazine writing, short story and creative nonfiction at UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Chapman University and California State University, Long Beach. He is active in the homeless ministry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Long Beach and is the father of three children.