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Stories by Fred Moramarco

The Bookseller Who Came in From the Cold

The inimitable D.G. Wills of La Jolla

"There’s hardly anything you can think about that somebody hasn’t written a book on. They often come out of dissertation topics: books on The Diseases of Mites or The Mammalian Ear, from Cornell University Press, which we have."

The Man who Turned Fact into Fiction

Angelo Madalena (Lorenzo's brother) gives the remarkable nonfiction

"There were five canneries on Harbor Drive. I ended up on a fish boat for about seven years because they were paying pretty good money, but Larry never worked as a fisherman. He was too intellectual for that."

The novel about San Diego Little Italy: Lorenzo Madalena's Confetti for Gino

$1400 a share for the tuna crew

Read about author Lorenzo Madalena. Gino DeMarino nervously jerked his gray-visored fishing cap over his eyes, rubbed his hard palms over faded navy dungarees, and for the tenth time slapped the spokes of the wheel ...

Monica Lewinsky, Bill Clinton – take your cue from Walt Whitman

Decline or sophistication?

A few weeks ago, Tony Perry, a reporter for the L.A. Times who knows I love Walt Whitman's poetry, called me on the telephone. "What would Whitman make of the fact," he asked, "that Bill ...

1979: San Diego's year in review

Rape of the Earth Medal of Dishonor The year's most infamous award goes to the voters of San Diego, a majority of whom agreed to exchange 39 acres of prime canyonland in Balboa Park for ...

Howard Cosell, Happy Bowie Kuhn, Pee Wee Reese, Ray Kroc – at San Diego All-Star game

Diamonds aren't forever

I would place major league baseball’s All-Star game about fifth or sixth on a ranked list of American sports classics, following the World Series, the football bowl games (including the pseudo-classic, overhyped Super Bowl), the ...

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