The Monster Out of the Box

Sandow-Birk

Originally published in Surfer’s Journal A Sandow Birk Omnibus THE GUEST OF HONOR IS DRESSED IN SLACKS, SENSIBLE SHOES, and a button-down shirt that was possibly ironed. Handsome in a retro, California beach boy way, with hair neater than a dry gin martini, he looks more like someone who stepped out of a Jan and […]

Santa Barbara Modern

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Originally published in The Surfer’s Journal (photos are ©Morgan Maassen) MORGAN MAASSEN drives onto a crowded Stearns Wharf and nearly takes out a half dozen pedestrians on his approach. Not because he’s aggro, but because he’s enraptured telling me about Sandspit, the notorious break just a strong 9-iron chip across a lagoon from the end […]

Lone Wolf

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A Forsaken Predator Reappears… From September/October 2013 issue of Orion magazine

The Homecoming of The Wolf

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From September issue of Vegas7 After near-extermination – the gray wolf has experienced a Western revival. This is the story of the first one to return to California—and the forces ranged against it.

God Only Knows

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Originally published in Vegas 7 I was well into adulthood before I could listen to the Beach Boys. And by listen, I mean listen. Because it’s easy to just listen to the Beach Boys, the songs are just too catchy not to, even in passing. But for the longest time, I kept them in the […]

Contemplating Cassady

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Originally published in Huck Magazine The Peculiar Appeal of the Rebel Muse Are you you? Or are you who it/they/the system wants you to be? A look at the enduring appeal of Neal Cassady and the rebel muse. ’I know you rider, gonna miss me when I’m gone’ – traditional blues song, covered by the […]

Shaun Tomson – Magic and Loss

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Originally published in Huck Magazine There was a tipping point in surfing history when the door of possibility was busted open wide. And Shaun Tomson dealt the final blow. As the first South African World Champion, his transgressive energy helped legitimate surfing as a professional sport. But the determination he showed back then was nothing […]

The Pirate of Penance

Pirate of Penance

Originally published in Slake: Los Angeles, issue #1 “Still Life”, summer 2010. Featured in We Dropped A Bomb on You: The Best of Slake I-IV, spring 2014 Mystic Beginnings When Lorey Smith was 12 years old, her father loaded her and her brother into his black 1965 Mustang and drove them down the Pacific Coast […]

TakeThat: USA Women’s Soccer Is the Greatest Sports Team Ever Fielded

Originally published on Take Part: Stories That Matter, Actions That Count The gold medal winners may yet turn out to be America’s best export. I’m not sure how I’m going to talk about USA women’s soccer without sounding like some babbling teenage, fanboy kook. I’m not. I’m well into middle age and generally sober, often […]

Something Wicked: Author Richard Lange Is Done With Rejection

Originally published in LA Weekly Lately, I’ve been spending time in some pretty far-flung places — Paris, Indochina, the Alps, the Deep South, England, the apocalyptic future (isn’t it always?). You see, I read a lot. So after a steady diet of sprawling novels with fancy conceits and exotic locations, it felt like a sort […]