L.A. Stories: My Neighbor Was Darth Vader

In Hollywood you take the jobs that come your way.

In the mid 80s, I lived near Melrose & La Brea just south of Hollywood. My neighbor was a 30ish guy named Chris with greasy black hair and a budding beer paunch. He lived with another guy in a small one-bedroom cottage next door. We didn’t speak much, just small talk while passing each other in our respective driveways. One day, I noticed Chris walking home in a heavy black costume and cape with shiny black boots. He…

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Loren Kantor

Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.