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Alan Rifkin = Philip Roth/Raymond Carver, but gentler than Carver and less sexually frustrated than Roth. He is most certainly Long Beach's premier author and writes with such grace and sensitivity, the backdrop of Signal Hill's oil refineries and garbage ladent beaches seem almost charming, the distant sparkle of lights eminating from it's polluted sister (Los Angeles) feel warm and welcoming, and the lost souls that inhabit the hidden porthols of a city famous for nothing wrap their arms aroun ...more