Writer: Stephen Fife

Steve is a 5-tool writer (plays, screenplays, novels, poetry, journalism) who has had 11 books published, 10 plays produced, and has written for the New York Times “Arts & Leisure”, Village Voice, New Republic, and many others. He is one of the few people on the planet who can lay claim to spending time with Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Sandy Meisner, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, as well as so many other extraordinary people who refused to color inside the lines. He is always on the lookout for the original and the incisive.

"BILL MAHER IS A BIGOT" - in Conversation with Muslim Screenwriter Kamran Pasha

HIPSTER TIP OF THE WEEK California native son Shane Guffogg is back in the southland at the Manhattan Beach Art Center (until June 11th) for his first solo show of new work since his triumphant exhibitions in St. Petersburg and Baku, Azerbaijan.  While those shows  were huge symphonies of images (75 and 73 paintings respectively), "The Dance of Thought" is more like a … Continue reading "BILL MAHER IS A BIGOT" - in Conversation with Muslim Screenwriter Kamran Pasha


ON THE MOVE IN THE CITY OF ANGELS

HIPSTER TIP OF THE WEEK Brad Schreiber's non-fiction book investigating the Patty Hearst case, REVOLUTION'S END, is a matter of the right writer coming together with the right subject matter.  Many journalists have been enticed onto the dance floor with rich girl Patty in her guerilla garb and Kalashnikov rifle - most recently Jeffrey Toobin in American … Continue reading ON THE MOVE IN THE CITY OF ANGELS


Pasadena Film Festival, part 3: THE WORLD IS BROKEN. CAN IT BE FIXED?

HIPSTER'S LAMENT The ABC-TV dramatic series American Crime is just two episodes into its third season (Sundays 10-11 pm), and it's already a crashing bore.  As usual, the series is pursuing multiple storylines, which include a Mexican man searching for his lost son in the fruit-picking fields, the many Grapes of Wrath-type exploitations of workers … Continue reading Pasadena Film Festival, part 3: THE WORLD IS BROKEN. CAN IT BE FIXED?


A Serious Talk with A Serious Man: Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Playwright

"Everything Donald Trump is doing now is right out of the Authoritarian Playbook.  Right out of it.   Make people feel powerless and overwhelmed?  Check.  Attack the press as the enemy of the people?  Check.  Portray yourself as the only one who can save the day?  Check." It's a beautiful March day in Los Angeles, … Continue reading A Serious Talk with A Serious Man: Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Playwright


LIVING IN LA LA LAND, part I

Love it, hate it or feel indifferent about it, Damien Chazelle's film La La Land is more than just a movie for those of us in the arts living in the Hollywood area.   Dealing as it does with the unexpected and yet somehow inevitable love affair between two aspiring artists, a jazz pianist (Sebastion) and an … Continue reading LIVING IN LA LA LAND, part I


"THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE"

"Everything is political." That was the word on the street in the late '60s and '70s, when the Twisted Hipster came of age. The age came by it honestly: From the assassination of JFK to the anti-Vietnam War movement to the killings of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King and the riots at the 1968 … Continue reading "THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE"

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