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Lionel Rolfe

Indra Devi Was Not Just a Nice Old Lady

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 04.17.2015 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

Michelle has written well and honestly about Indra and the cast of characters who make up the Yogas in the East and the West. She describes how Indra could be variously charming, sympathetic and warm, but also ambitious and ruthless.

Disillusionment at the Ancestral Court

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion
Lionel Rolfe

Now I stood in the foyer of 790, behind the heavy entrance doors, uncomfortable because I could be naught but a stranger to the bearded Jews chanting in the next room with a passionate, melodic, electric hum that I recognized.

Was That a Glacier I Froze Next to at the Top of Kiersage Pass?

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 11.16.2014 | Travel
Lionel Rolfe

At the entrance of the trail where it became forest, were beautiful, almost luminous red flowers -- I don't remember what kind. It seemed as if they were either welcoming us or warning us. Once you enter the forest, you begin a steep climb to the top.

Gaza From the Perspective of a Proud Diaspora Jew

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Lionel Rolfe

I have been doing my best not to think too much about Gaza, not only publicly but for myself. I can no longer avoid pondering all the uncomfortable thoughts Israel's bombing of Gaza is bringing home to me. Of one thing I'm sure of -- I want to tell Netanyahu, "I told you so." Netanyahu's purpose was always designed to prevent any chance of rapprochement. What's unfolding was foretold by his actions.

Tales of an Extraordinary Madman  

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 09.17.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

I viewed Bukowski as only doing a limited shtick -- he rarely came into the office himself, but I knew all about him because my friend Judy Lewellen, the city editor, used to go pick up the column. I guess I hadn't understood how popular Bukowski was getting until I was confronted by a book display in London.

How Meeting Susan Anspach Completed The Circle

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 08.31.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

Susan Anspach is best known for her appearances with Jack Nicholson in "Five Easy Pieces" and Michael Douglas in "Running," but a more obscure European production, "Montenegro," may be her masterpiece.

Gerald Nicosia's 'Night Train to Shanghai'

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 07.19.2014 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

Gerald Nicosia is probably better known for his non-fiction, but he also is a real poet, very much in the San Francisco tradition of Ferlinghetti, Patchen, Rexroth and Ginsberg -- except those guys are now mostly gone.

What's Wrong With Today's Newspapers?

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 03.03.2014 | Media
Lionel Rolfe

Today's editorial peons slink and scurry about because they know the grim reapers from corporate are drawing up the next list of writers to "trim and prune" in their ever increasing drive for editorial "efficiency."

Penelope Sudrow: A Wandering Waif With a Hint of Noblesse Oblige

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 02.10.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

I met Penelope Sudrow at a backyard party in the Silver Lake home of my actor friend Lee Boek, who runs Public Works Improvisational Theater.

L.A. Woman

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

Okay, it's not all a tragedy. It's the river of life. The only way to keep from dropping to the bottom like a stone is the pursuit of pure, unadulte...

The Secret Behind L.A.'s Literature

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

A '20s renaissance developed around Jake and his bookstore next to the downtown library and in his Echo Park digs. Later after the war Anais Nin, and presumably Henry Miller and Bukowski, hung around in the very same hills of Echo Park.

The Story of an American Jazz Musician

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Lionel Rolfe

Unquestionably Jazz is America's greatest musical form. It is our classical music. Like the Russians, we have excelled in producing great writers and great musicians.

A Celebration of George Duke, a Great Musician and Good Guy

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 10.13.2013 | Arts
Lionel Rolfe

George Duke was then Zappa's keyboardist, an integral part of the band: a good looking, sturdily built guy with a most genial manner. He seemed to like me; he'd nod at me and tell me about the "fine doobie" he had, and lead me to his van parked in the alley behind the rehearsal space.

An Elusive Utopia By The Sea

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 09.27.2013 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

John O'Kane's at times rambling but nonetheless intriguing book length essay, "Venice, CA: A City State Of Mind," sums up the history, the observations, the artists and writers and poets great and famous and obscure who have lurked among the dark shadows of this Nirvana by the sea.