Judith Moore

Judith Moore

In 1985, Judith Moore, a Berkeley writer, was brought to San Diego to write feature stories for the Reader. In 1986, Moore began to take on the role of senior editor. Moore conducted and wrote a weekly interview with renowned writers.

Her own books include The Left Coast of Paradise: California and the American Heart (1987), Never Eat Your Heart Out (1997), and Fat Girl: A True Story (2006). Judith Moore was awarded two NEA Fellowships for literature. In 1995, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She died in 2007.

Some of her early Reader stories included:

Mananimal (philosophizing about the San Diego Zoo — Moore's first story written for the Reader, Jan. 27, 1983)

The Girls of Summer (interviews with teenagers on the beach, Aug. 28, 1986)

Angel of the Apocalypse (Herbert Marcuse's years at UCSD, Sept. 11, 1986)

Her Little Girl (Moore's grandmother, Aug. 27, 1987)

In the Beauty of the Lilies (interview with John Updike, Feb. 29, 1996)

How Far We Came To Be Here and How Much Along the Way We Lost (Thanksgiving dinner, Nov. 26, 1997)

Articles by Judith Moore

Best Reader stories from 1996

San Diego mafia, Fotomat, Afghans, freeway driving, Korean War, Black's Beach, dolphins kill tuna fishing, Olaf Wieghorst, pigeon racing, diary of orange grove

Mafia in San Diego before World War II (first in series of six stories) “The raids, all made with search warrants, started soon after noon and were not completed until early evening. All of the ...

Best Reader stories from 1993

Mike Doyle, Tarawa, El Centro, Dahmer's Diner, Baja boom towns, Chinese refugees, Dale Akiki, San Diego tomatoes, Balboa Park violence, Mexican fighting bulls, Mother Teresa's TJ, Zeta

In time for the morning glass For a few years back in the '60s, Mike Doyle was the hottest surfer in the world. With an unusual combination of power on big waves and stylistic grace ...

Best Reader Christmas stories

The Vietnamese refugee, the serious Jew, the homeless, the disaffected, Charles Dickens, other Christmas books, the poor in Tijuana, Horton Plaza shoppers, Christmas letter writing

Sister Santa’s once-a-year smile I fell in love with America for the first time on a sweaty night in a Bangkok refugee center in March 1991. “In America people have meat with every meal,” my ...

Best Reader stories from 1990

Hale telescope, hunting Chinese pandas for Roosevelts, Richard Henry Dana, MCRD, famous San Diegans recite poetry, TJ torture, Jorge Hank, running drugs for Uncle Sam, Lamb's Players, Brute Krulak

The Hale blinks Twilight has ebbed to a fringe of lapis on the western horizon, and the stars spin slowly as the dome of the 200-inch Hale telescope on Palomar Mountain blinks awake. Bob Thicksten, ...

Best Reader stories from 1989

Betty Broderick, Padres' Eric Show, Lomas and Red Steps gangs, WWII POW, Don Zub, Jeff Weinstein, abortion and free will, mother killer

Till death do us part For so long, she wanted so badly to talk about her relationship with Daniel Broderick. Betty Broderick wanted to tell the their divorce and the awful injustice she felt she ...

Best Reader stories from 1988

Klan's John Metzger, Eileen Jackson, Helen Hunt Jackson, diving in San Diego, E. W. Scripps, Slab City, undercover massage cop busted

Ku Klux Klan 's John Metzger talks of hate and tears "My father was in the Crusaders, a national organization that was pretty powerful in San Diego, which was part Christian Identity. It’s a church ...

Best Reader stories from 1987

Bennington explosion, Carl Rogers and Bill Coulson, Chocolate Mountains, U.S. border vet, undercover klansman, Dorman Owens, Avenida Revolucion, kelp forests, Jerry Schad

Explosion! The sighting of San Diego was a welcome event for the crew of the GSS Bennington on a sunny July 19,1905. The patrol gunboat had just completed a rough, seventeen-day journey from Hawaii, and ...

Best Reader stories from 1986

Borrego's wild horses, snakebite in Baja, bikini girls in Pacific Beach, Richard Meltzer's Navy, escape from Vietnam, Salton Sea, PSA pilot's day

Was James Gibson tortured by Mexican police? When two Mexican police officers and two FBI agents showed up at his beachfront Playas de Tijuana apartment on October 17, James Gibson had reason to suspect that ...

Best Reader stories from 1985

Santa Ysabel Indians, life of a cabbie, UCSD Med School, Dogpatch U.S.A., Battle of San Pasqual,, Timken Gallery's Putnam Sisters

The spirit of Steve Ponchetti It has forever been the custom of the Diegueño Indians to bury their dead twice: once at death, and then once again a year later. And so it was that ...