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Abe Opincar

Abe Opincar wrote for the Reader for nearly 25 years, and is the author of Fried Butter: A Food Memoir.

Articles by Abe Opincar

Doubleday follows Luis Urrea to Tijuana, priggish Richard Henry Dana visits the presidio

A Living Cloud The next morning, I am greeted by my media escort, Penny. This is a fascinating new feature of my life — escorts. They pick you up, drive you around, provide snacks, meals, ...

January 10, 2022
San Diego's best tomato breeds, Quail Gardens obsession with bamboo

Creepy Bamboo Language Most San Diegans, he explains, believe that the leafy, green and beige stuff that grows in their back yards, canyons, and along the San Diego River bed in Mission Valley is bamboo. ...

January 9, 2022
Clint McKinnon – San Diego's early Democrat; Gloria Penner – KPBS voice of the mundane

Mac “The Communists in San Diego had a little cell that was trying to take over the Journal. A general called me up one day; ‘Do you realize you have three Communists in your editorial ...

December 27, 2021
San Diego – city of shame, University Avenue, roommates from hell, writers write about moms

Roommates from Hell I walked outside to the storage door. I pushed on the door and opened it. I saw the rope around John’s neck and John’s face looking at me. I screamed and ran ...

December 5, 2021
Luis Urrea daydreams of San Diego, Oklahoma girl spends summers on Bonair Street

Homeboy on the Range After school, 1965: Spring. Wearing my idiotic St. Jude’s Academy uniform. My bright red sweater calling vatos and homeboys from miles around to come kick my ass. I had a crew ...

December 4, 2021
Starring roles in the Copley Union-Tribune: James, Helen, Michael, David

I’m Morgan, He’s Cronkite Scholars, particularly Vjaceslav Vsevolodovic Ivanov, director of the Section on Structural Typology of the Institute of Slavic and Balkan Walter Leland Cronkite Studies at the Soviet Academy of Sciences in St. ...

October 31, 2021
My Arizona and Utah family, a daughter disabled since birth at Friendship House

A Fairy Godmother’s Art I can recall the way a certain blouse, puffy-sleeved and lace-collared, tugged at the pits of my arms the year I fell in love with Matt Denhalter. The same mistakes I ...

October 30, 2021
San Diego actors' worst stories, he guards Volcan Mountain, community college adjunct

Break a Leg In 1993, Hal Holbrook was performing King Lear in the title role. Tom Hall, a San Diego actor, likes to tell the story. Hal came on too soon and started a completely ...

October 24, 2021
Sole survivor of fishing accident, the bitch of being 5'5", tried Morningstar for my schizophrenia

Nightmare of the New Hope A little cry of relief burst from him, lost in the shriek of the wind. His hands scrambled, searching for the inflate cord. The sea bounced him. Spray lashed the ...

October 2, 2021
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