From the Archives

Peter Jensen and the Reader

Pat Welsh, Cliff May, Russell Forester, pick-up b-ball, San Diego's alleys, libraries, courtyards, bridges, towers, signs, stucco, 100-year-old buildings

A prolific writer for Sunset magazine, Jensen has authored books on San Diego and California. He wrote stories on local architecture for the Reader in the mid-1990s. Pat Welsh, the Julia Child of Gardening At ...

Del Cerro – in the shadow of Adobe Falls

Graffiti and trespassers at the falls, 60s homes, Junk House, college housing, Seussian trees

Adobe Falls lovers pin hopes on Sally Roush Frost spoke of a “battle against the internet,” which continues to draw people to the area. “As of this morning, there were 7132 Instagram pictures of Adobe ...

Jeanne Schinto and the Reader

Copley fire sale, Kate Sessions, hackers, Wizard of Oz, Coronado's carriers, San Diego birds surveyed, perfect tiki, Bataan Death March, Arthur Ollman, James Hubbell, San Diego audiophiles

From 1998 to 2004, Schinto wrote feature stories for the Reader. Editor's picks of Schinto's stories: Auction of the Copley Library Someone paid $5313 for an Abigail Adams thank-you note. Another bidder spent $7500 for ...

Dorian Hargrove and the Reader

Bad skateboard accident, San Diego porn studios, curse of Carrizo Gorge, Jehovah's Witnesses trouble, Ben Kalasho trouble, man attacks bank with chalk, SDSU goes overboard on sex prosecution

How Hargrove came to write for the Reader: My first published article in the Reader was for a writing contest I entered in 2007. The contest: Write a story that best describes your neighborhood. I ...

Encanto – snubbed but proud

MLK Park, trolley in-filling, Salaam Fish House, North Encanto lunch group, Pepperview Canyon, Apostolic Prayer Temple

On top of this little corner of the world Here on Skyline Drive, great swaths of sward stretch out below, springy and green. Here, there are vacant lots littered with possibility, within sight of a ...

Geoff Bouvier and the Reader

Pick-up basketball in Pacific Beach, life as blonde, men's swimsuit issue, food 100 years ago, San Diego geology, Oceanside Samoans

Geoff Bouvier's first book, Living Room, (Copper Canyon Press), was selected by Heather McHugh as the winner of the 2005 APR/Honickman Prize. His writings have appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Boston Review, Denver ...

Mary Lang and the Reader

Prostitutes, Somalis, romance writers, Satanists, Mormons, Hoover High, San Diego traffic

Lang wrote feature stories from the late 1980s through the late 1990s, including a social column called On the Town by Liz Lang. Editor's picks from stories Lang wrote for the Reader San Diego prostitutes ...

Fallbrook – 56 miles and an eternity from San Diego

Oranges, avocados, crime, schools, attempt to change the town center

When I say Fallbrook, nothing comes to mind “They are going to fix the streets? For whom? Every other shop is vacant and has been for the last few years. There’s no draw for tourists. ...

Ray Westberg and the Reader

VA hospital, Camp Pendleton, MCRD, Iwo Jima, local Marines on Kuwait, San Diego bicyclist war stories, Tarawa, Morse High School, coroner's, personal Vietnam story, Army-Navy Academy

Westberg, a Vietnam veteran and a high school wrestling coach from Ellensburg, Washington, was recruited to write for the Reader by editor Judith Moore, who had lived in Ellensburg as a young housewife. Westberg died ...

Luis Urrea and the Reader

Tijuana dump, running of bulls in Tecate, Mexican slang, father and grandfather in TJ, glue-sniffers, TJ cops

Born in Tijuana, Urrea wrote feature stores for the Reader from 1990 through 1994. Urrea's collection of short stories, The Water Museum, was a finalist for the 2016 PEN-Faulkner Award and was named a best ...

Allied Gardens – a fight for serenity

Superior Ready Mix, farmers market, sinkholes, Kaiser parking, Cowles Mountain, Grantville, Navajo Canyon, Iowa Meats

Superior Ready Mix dusts Allied Gardens “We sweep the streets three times a day, at 4:00 am, mid-day and then mid-afternoon. We paved the interior street that is the extension of Princess View several months ...

Robert Kumpel and the Reader

Judith Moore, potholes, lovers' stories, Moslems and locals look at 9-11, pedophile priest Paul Shanley, Van Dams, what we think of our bellies and our tans, homeless talk about Thanksgiving

Robert Kumpel wrote for the Reader from 1993 through 2007. He lives with his family and teaches school in Georgia. Editor's picks of stories Kumpel wrote for the Reader: She let me know what she ...

Tim Brookes and the Reader

Brits living in San Diego, I-5 commuters, thinking man's plumber, Dale Akiki memory wars

Tim Brookes, born and raised in England, living in Vermont, founded Writers Without Borders and the Endangered Alphabets Project. Brookes has been an essayist for NPR. He wrote for the Reader in the 1990s and ...

Campo –small town rich in drama

Naked monks, Tecate train, Luman gunfight, 2004 fire, sand trucks, selfish developers, Campo Diner, vigilante Minutemen

Complications of Tijuana to Tecate to Campo train Ten federal agents waiting at the railway museum are demanding that the train continue onto its last stop in Campo and be cleared through customs before anybody ...

Paul Krueger and the Reader

Betty Broderick, Jack Orr, Mayor Wilson's aides, Helen Copley, Mission Beach's Beachcomber, and racist Mission Valley nightclubs

How Krueger came to the Reader: I had just graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1975 with a bachelor's in U.S. history. I hadn’t taken any journalism classes in college but always liked to write, ...

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