Feature Stories

From the human misery files

It was one week before Thanksgiving in 2013 and Ron felt more alone than usual. He was 51 then, and he was relying on the kindness of friends and relations.

On November 20, 2013, Ron started his day early. It was a Wednesday, and he met one of his cousins at her work at 7 am — that was when her workday finished. Together, they ...

My Tijuana makes me happy

In 2008 Tijuana suffered 844 murders. In 2017 it was over 1600.

“Tijuana is much more than the cliches repeated by those that, carrying their prejudice, come and try to decipher it.” Those words of the late Rafa Saavedra (2013), one of Tijuana’s favorite writers, struck a ...

Animation and Adolf Eichmann

A Goy from Golden Hill's retelling of a Nazi spy thriller

“Goy” is the Yiddish term for non-Jew. Like “gringo,” which means “American,” it’s not derogatory. But when Joyce Axelrod, mother of the Jewish Short Film Festival, told me about Randall Christopher’s movie on the Holocaust, ...

A week of free art in San Diego

Monday At 7 pm on a Monday evening, the 20-foot ceilings in World Beat Cultural Center provide a feeling of spaciousness even though nearly all of the 100 or so chairs arranged in rows in ...

Good morning, Ma'am. I'm your Uber driver today.

A San Diego guide to how it works

At no time previously did I ever have aspirations to have an Uber career. On the last Friday in March, Good Friday, I arrived at my corporate office shortly before 6 am. Friday is always ...

Forget farm-to-table. Embrace farm-to-fork

Watlington’s farm Trish Watlington reaches into a bed of bright red-orange nasturtiums and picks off a couple of whitish green seedpods about the size of wasabi peas. “Here, try it.” She hands one to me ...

You won't get rich charging Bird scooters either

To catch a Bird

“I’m telling you as a resident over here [in Ocean Beach], that you are in my parking spot,” yelled a man captured on video. “I’m not the one that puts these [Bird motorized scooter] nests ...

Adam Parfrey goes to the zoo

An inside look at how he operated

Ed. Adam Parfrey, publisher of books from Feral House and writer for the Reader, died on May 10, 2018. The following came by email to the Reader on July 3. It is not generally appreciated ...

Nakedly yourself at Black's Beach

Why most nude sunbathers are male

For the record, I’m not a nudist. I feel too fat, am too vain; and in my mind, way too hairy. Besides, like most Americans, I’ve got a secret puritan lurking deep inside my liberal ...

It was a dark and stormy night at Jane's house

It ain't easy getting rid of squatters

In sheriff's records Jane McKay is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 140 pounds. She probably told deputies that her eyes are green and her hair is blonde, that information is there too. ...

San Diego benches of note

A chance to stop, to sit, to watch the human parade

At 11:30 on a coolish Saturday morning in April, I have the bench to myself. Sometimes when I pass by, a woman with a shopping cart stuffed and piled with her belongings occupies the far ...

Scandal-plagued regional teams, crowds absent from local March Madness

Scalper: "How low do you need to go. Name your price."

San Diegans lost a last chance to see one of their former prep basketball stars play again locally. Give credit (blame?) to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s deployment of teams for the first two rounds ...

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