Tom Dibblee

Tom Dibblee is Trop’s editor. His fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train and his nonfiction has appeared in Pacific Standard, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Point. He lives in Los Angeles.
The Weather

Fine Dining: Suspect Four

On October 20, 2012, a frantic downtown Los Angeles nightspot patron made a frantic 911 call, claiming that four verbose and still-relatively-young people who were way overdressed, dressed as if they were going a distant cousin’s…

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Nightmares of Hell: Chapter Two

To start Nightmares of Hell at the beginning, click here. … Author’s Note—What’s up, guys. First of all I just want to thank you all for all the love you gave me for the first chapter of my…

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Bad Fractions

This is the second in a series of excerpts from Tom’s Bad Man Memoir. The first is available here.  What percentage was I born? I don’t know. But I say I’m about seventy-five percent bad man.…

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Bad Behavior

An Excerpt from My Bad Man Memoir Bad behavior is one of those things that I know the best. It all started at a young age. I was growing up and I lived in a house…

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Intelligentsia

It’s Sunday morning and I just got back from Intelligentsia coffee in Silver Lake. I’d spent the night at a friend’s in Echo Park and I stopped on my way back to East Hollywood. I parked…

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Club Monaco Man: Part Two

Last week, in the first installment of Trop Weather Editor Roger Sollenberger’s interview with Club Monaco Man Tom Dibblee, Roger and Tom discussed: pants, fit, weight fluctuation, belt indentation, bodily health, sexual function, shades of khaki,…

Interviews

Antoine Wilson

Antoine Wilson has just released his second novel, Panorama City, about a small-town guy with village idiot levels of good faith who spends forty days and forty nights in the San Fernando Valley, just north of…

Letters to Jake

Breakthroughs

Hey Jake Jake, it seems the barista and I fell into a ditch. We were having an impossible time getting to Nevada. I was having an easy time of writing to you on into infinity about…

Letters to Jake

Preoccupation

Hey Jake The barista and I had faraway looks in our eyes. We stood on the top of the hill and lavished them on the landscape before us—the poppy preserve without poppies in Lancaster, CA, barely…

The Weather

Dietary Restrictions

The other day I was rowing a boat with my friend and fellow Tropner Jill Riddell. She had rowed us down a lake to meet her children and husband at a picnic spot. Some people swam…

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Earthquake

The earth’s shaken twice in the last twenty-four hours. The first time I was on my couch and it took me a second to know what was happening. The second time I was on my couch…