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

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

Forget Hemingway, Melville, James

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 ...

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

San Diego's moonlit compost heap

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 ...

Reader writers: the story I wanted to write... but didn't

“Maybe an animal story”

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

Albums, books, much more

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 ...

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 ...

Reader writer goes on the road with the Penetrators

Madame Wong's vs. the Hong Kong Cafe

"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 ...

Inside NASSCO workers' lives

Shipyard blues

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 ...

1976 San Diego guide to Chicano slang

Chingazos, ese, simon, orale, placa

Al rato. So long; see you later. Bad Jam. Great song. Bunk. Anything false. Carnale. Buddy; friend; partner. Chavalo. Young guy. Chingazos (also Cabrongazos). Throwing mean blows; exchanging derogatory remarks. Cheeva. Heroin. C/S. Unimpeachable truth. ...

1976 San Diego guide to dance bars

Serious, boogie, boogie fever, Latino, bop shoo wop

Serious bar-hopping in San Diego is an experience akin to reading a Raymond Chandler detective novel. Those who attempt to make their way through the different hot-spots around town are likely to feel, besides drunk ...

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