“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

My first story in a glossy magazine: Nine writers shared Christmas memories. The lineup included the late Wanda Coleman as well as Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, and I got in only because Herb Caen dropped out.

This issue marked DETAILS' debut as a young men's magazine. I only climbed one rock.

I've written for an alarming number of magazines that no longer exist. I didn't expect one of them to be THE LOS ANGELES TIMES MAGAZINE

The late Nicolas Slonimsky, in the late LA STYLE, at 93.


LA WEEKLY, in the Jay Levin era. I didn't even know this confessional piece was going to run until I saw a model playing me on the cover.

Twenty years before Spike Jonze's HER.

Here it reappears as WEST

I was five in this photo. (LA STYLE's special issue on the Ocean.)