Alchemy

He kisses the redial on his phone once again and orders another draft from the waitress, feeling like he’s becoming conspicuous sitting at the end of the bar near this open bay window to the sea, but gets no answer. Yesterday she choked his messages with questions and...

Altz House

ALTZ HOUSE John O’Kane “How’d you hear about us, Mr. Bretoff?” asks the sixtyish, silver-haired woman at the table. “I…don’t remember exactly. I think it was…” “Mr. Bretoff…Mr. Bretoff…you okay?” “I…sure…I was just thinking about…something.” His tentative tone frames...

Peytch’s Place

PEYTCH’S PLACE John O’Kane Long Beach is losing one of its great artists to gentrification. Peytch has occupied his studio for 29 years on 14th Street just east of the 710 FWY. He’s worked in several genres since getting his aesthetic inspiration growing up in...

Demonizing the Few to Alienate and Sway the Many

Demonizing the Few to Alienate and Sway the Many John O’Kane The only media fixation that’s more irritating than the saturation coverage of candidates running for an office nearly two years ahead of the election instead of discussing issues, is the punditry of...

Drops and the Dropped

DROPS, AND THE DROPPED: DIVERSITY AND THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS John O’Kane The left professes diversity as its vehicle and goal to expand power and bring more of the deserving into the system but, ironically, it’s one of the reasons why the Democrats fared so poorly in...