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Ryan Bradford lives and writes in San Diego. He is the author of Horror Business.
Aug. 31 2015
I do a lot of thinking in my car. I find there are few things more relaxing that being cocooned in a vehicle, away from computers or screens, drowning out the outside world with music. It's only
Aug. 10 2015
Ehrig-Burgess, sitting in the highest row, announces my arrival: "Ryan Bradford from CityBeat. Heckler #2, everybody!"
July 27 2015
I thought we were encouraged to wear costumes! Its what I want to shout at everyone, standing on the corner of B Street and Kettner, giving me the side-eye. Everybody looks great: Ladies wear fancy...
July 13 2015
If you need an example of my inexperience with drugs, look no further than the image of me, sitting at a Café Rio in Grand Junction, Colorado, typing "weed" into Yelp.
June 29 2015
Bodies glisten with sweat. They writhe together. You feel dirty looking, yet you can't look away. Nobody looks comfortable, but they're not not enjoying it. This is the line of people waiting to get into...
June 15 2015
The column you are about to read is the account of the moral, intellectual and hygienic disrepair that befell one Ryan Bradford when his wife left the country for 10 days, leaving him alone with their
June 1 2015
The night I see Neil Diamond in concert is the first time I've ever wondered if I've inadvertently made a deal with the devil
May 19 2015
I've been told more than once that I'm a secret old person. This is not the same as being called an "old soul"believe me, I could only be so lucky if anyone regarded me with the same esteem as a college-aged...
May 18 2015
The thing is, I love karaoke. I spend ample amounts of time listening to songs that could be potential material, often while playing out theoretical scenarios in my head in which I whip a crowd into the...
May 4 2015
The hangover should've been an omen. Or, perhaps it was the fact that the couple in the neighboring room was rehearsing a play at 9 a.m.both seemed to be shouting their lines in a Mr. DNA-from-Jurassic...
April 7 2015
Last year, I became a cat dad. I'd be lying if that statement didn't spur some internal conflict. I used to roll my eyes at the cat images that littered my social-media feeds, or smugly expound on the...
March 9 2015
My grandma died the week before my debut novel, Horror Business, came out.
Feb. 10 2015
I take smug pride in never having had to court someone through the annals of virtual existence, I also feel like Ive missed out on something that will define relationships in the future. I have never sexted...
Jan. 12 2015
The date is Sunday, Dec. 14, marking the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Two years prior, we witnessed the greatest taboo that our collective conscious could imagine:...
Dec. 15 2014
Listen folks, you don't get your own hubris-infusing column by being book-smart. In this biz, quick-wittedness, perseverance, the ability to create emotionally driven headlines andto a much lesser extentthe...
Nov. 17 2014
Mr. Xtreme greets me with a firm handshake. Hes short but built like a football linebacker. He wears a green helmet and body armor accentuated by a yellow XJL flag that flows beautifully, majestically...
Nov. 5 2014
In this episode of A Trolley Show, the L.A. singer-songwriter performs Perfect Kind of Love, a tiny song with a big message
Oct. 29 2014
Upon first listen, Slow Club have a lot in common with The Vaselines. Both bands hail from the U.K., both are fronted by a duo of male / female singer-songwriters and both play an eclectic brand of folk...
Oct. 28 2014
Who has the time or motivation to seek out those rare, esoteric or obscure picks? As a product of Internet culture, if a movie's not readily available with a click of a button (or a nesting in the trusty...
Oct. 21 2014
Since opening in 2011, Richie Ditta's been the face behind Brooklyn Bicycles (3437 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights) and hes earned a reputation for high accountability and honest work.


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