This Writer’s Life

The Big Guy: Sheriff Warren E. Rupf

I received some sad news by email this morning. One of my best friends, who is also a former police reporter for the Contra Costa Times, told me that the sheriff we both so closely worked with — Sheriff Warren Rupf — is fighting leukemia and fears he hasn’t long to live. Rupf, to me, … Continue reading »

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This Writer’s Life: The American Hotel, The LA Riots

The American Hotel   It was April 29, 1992. That day I threw on my Alice-in-Wonderland print dress and laced up my Doc Marten boots. I stepped into the hallway of The American Hotel — where very few people had televisions and Internet access was many years in the future — and was told this: … Continue reading »

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This Writer’s Life: The American Hotel Part V

PHOTO CREDIT: Forgotten LA “From first glance, the American Hotel (built in 1901) along Traction Ave and Hewitt Street in Los Angeles’ “Arts District” (next door to Little Tokyo and Skid Row…fun times!) looks exactly like what you expect from a dingy, rundown and not very well reviewed “hotel.” People really sleep here?” — Forgotten … Continue reading »

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This Writer’s Life: The American Hotel, Part IV

                    THE AMERICAN HOTEL In the photo above, to the far left is the building that housed the artist’s lofts. In the shadow, you can see the front of The American Hotel. Those squares are all windows, each one leading to a studio apartment. Imagine, if … Continue reading »

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This Writer’s Life: The American Hotel, Part III

Life at The American Hotel Living in The American Hotel was a bit like living in a fucked-up dorm for down-and-out writers, artists, junkies, and has-beens. Most of us became friends and our living room was either the cafe downstairs, the hallways, or the punk rock bar in the basement. You could often find us … Continue reading »

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