is a self-described gentleman of letters, Los Angeles born and bred, who divides his time between Atlanta, Ga. and Rome, Italy. He is currently working on a novel entitled "The Man Who Invented History" which has absorbed his attention for the past decade. In past incarnations, he has been, among other things, a radio show talk host, a theatrical director, an author, columnist and journalist as well as the publisher, editor and founder of both Damage Magazine and Pug, an E-zine. A raconteur, round-table wit and all-around permanent absurdity, Lapin remains dedicated to the proposition that, all things being equal, diamonds are a girl's best friend.