Alan Rifkin

Alan Rifkin’s latest book, Burdens by Water: An Unintended Memoir, takes us on a series of strangely resilient personal adventures — often beginning with breakups — in which every place from a glacier in the Alps to a condo in Van Nuys becomes an epicenter of what the author calls “invincible longing.” Rifkin is a former Details and LA Weekly contributing editor who has also written for PremiereLos AngelesBlack Clock, and The Quarterly. Of his first book — Signal Hill  The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Hauntingly beautiful, the work of a gifted storyteller with a sharp eye but a tender heart,” and Kirkus Reviews wrote, “Rifkin is what might have happened had Nathanael West lived on and been even more talented … Exquisite.” A finalist for both the PEN Center USA Award in Journalism and the Southern California Booksellers Award in Fiction, Rifkin has led workshops in magazine writing, short story and creative nonfiction at Santa Monica College, Chapman University, California State University-Long Beach, and UCLA Extension. He lives in Los Angeles and is the father of three children.


Burdens and Privileges

For this essayist, Joe Donnelly, Alan Rifkin's "Burdens By Water" brings back the glory days of 1990s long-form journalism on the subject of Los Angeles....

Burdens and Privileges

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