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Steve Esmedina

Esmedina wrote his first story for the Reader in July 1973; his last story appeared in September 1994. He was recommended to write for the Reader by his teacher at Mesa College, along with Ted Burke. Esmedina wrote about popular music and film, mostly in the late ’70s and early ’80s. He died on June 24, 2001 and was remembered later that year by his friends in the story, Blubbo's World.

Articles by Steve Esmedina

Best Reader stories from 1976

Who Are the Rosicrucians? The Rosicrucian Fellowship International Headquarters is located on top of Mount Ecdesia. just outside of downtown Oceanside. It’s a garden spot in an otherwise gritty town that makes its living hustling ...

November 3, 2019
Best Reader stories from 1975

I tell them my name is Ernie Klein, I'm 42 years old, and I'm unemployed It's the day after Thanksgiving and I'm standing in line at the unemployment office. I'm near the end of my ...

November 2, 2019
My admiration for Jerzy Kosinski's Painted Bird and Nelson Algren's Walk on the Wild Side

College professors strain to convince novitiates that the boring "masterpieces" of Western literature (Hemingway, Melville, James, etc.) deserve their reputations solely from the "test-of-time" standard. But I, for one, do not believe any worthwhile art ...

December 20, 1990
You’ll see Crips, Bloods, and the Mickey Mouse Club driving around in circles

It is a humbling experience to return to the ghetto at night. To expect a few inconveniences on the way back to paradise has become a doleful routine for any denizen who resides in Southeast ...

July 5, 1990
Reader writers: the story I wanted to write... but didn't

Sandy and a girlfriend had gone into a liquor store, robbed the clerk, They locked the clerk in a walk-in cooler. Sandy started feeling bad about the guy. She went back and let him out.

Pop music in San Diego, 1980

Beat Albums Releases Special Edition Peter Gabriel Get Happy! (Elvis Costello and the Attractions) Doc at the Radar Station (Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band) Full Force (Art Ensemble of Chicago) The Up Escalator (Graham ...

December 18, 1980
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 ...

December 20, 1979
Reader writer goes on the road with the Penetrators

"If I've had a nutritional meal in the last year, it’ll come as a surprise to my stomach," quips Dan McLain in between resounding burps. It is almost midnight and we are sitting outside a ...

October 18, 1979
Inside NASSCO workers' lives

Ernie Ernie, 23, is a musician disguised as a milkman. He's an aspiring percussionist who makes his living in a drive-through dairy. By his own admission, the chores are elementary and tedious: stocking, waiting on ...

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