Ryan Bradford

Ryan Bradford lives and writes in San Diego. He is the author of Horror Business.

Why is it OK to print "tranny" and "faggot" but not OK to print "the n-word"? more

May 22, 2013 12:00 AM Letters to the Editor more

Oct 26, 2011 12:00 AM The Floating Library more

Aug 3, 2011 12:00 AM , News

Ryan Bradford is a writer. The problem, he says, is that these days, most writing gigs are for websites that call stories “content,” and search-engine optimization—not creativity, or even quality—is the goal. more

Jun 28, 2011 12:00 AM Seen Local


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If there were a sitcom where all the characters were played by cocktails, then a Mai Tai would play the role of a wacky cousin whom everyone thinks is a little strange until the poignant final moments. more

Jun 14, 2017 12:19 PM Drink Issue


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Now that summer’s here, we need to reassess men’s fashion. Women, you’re doing just great, but bros, c’mon. You look silly. You look like a bunch of grown-up toddlers. Have a little respect for yourself. more

Jun 5, 2017 5:00 PM Well, That Was Awkward


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And then there are goggles. Oh lord, are there goggles. more

May 22, 2017 3:04 PM Well, That Was Awkward 3 Comments


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On the morning of StokerCon 2017, there’s a brief moment of panic when I realize that all of my black T-shirts are dirty. more

May 8, 2017 3:48 PM Well, That Was Awkward 1 Comments


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As we leave the graveyard, my sister-in-law notices a white SUV trailing us. Where it came from, no one knows, but it almost certainly belongs to the private FLDS cops who are known to hassle outsiders. more

Apr 24, 2017 4:25 PM Well, That Was Awkward

Before entering the faux-castle walls of Medieval Times, I have a brief premonition that my life will change forever. For better or worse, it’s undecided. more

Apr 10, 2017 12:00 PM Well, That Was Awkward

Beer Bro Bro Beard Hazy IPA: Notice your beard has gotten a pungent, hoppy aroma after all those IPAs? How about reinvesting those hop-hairs into a special brew? This beer has actually been pre-bearded for an extra hazy, hairy mouthfeel. more

Mar 29, 2017 11:32 AM , Beer Issue


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The waiter puts a steaming plate of chicken-fried steak, eggs and potatoes in front of me. Jesus. It’s heaven. A heaven that—I’m fairly certain—is going to give me diarrhea. more

Mar 27, 2017 4:00 PM Well, That Was Awkward

After our first day on set, I understood why child actors are so fucked up: anything you want, it’s yours. Candy, soda, catered meals. It’s a bacchanalian orgy of freedom and hedonism, corrupting kids in the same manner as Pinocchio’s Pleasure Island more

Mar 13, 2017 3:00 PM Well, That Was Awkward


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Writers: we were mad before it was cool. And now that outrage is thrown around like currency, we're kings. If your writing isn't—in some small way—an act of revenge, then you're doing it wrong. more

Feb 27, 2017 3:44 PM Well, That Was Awkward 6 Comments

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Normally, this kind of event would make me as excited as when someone busts out the laser pointer, but in light of recent of events, I feel like it’s Monday and I’m out of lasagna. more

Feb 13, 2017 3:21 PM Well, That Was Awkward

Spice up this year's Valentines Day special with the help of Carl DeMaio, Duncan Hunter, a whale and more. more

Feb 7, 2017 3:06 PM , Love Issue


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Since Unarius is not a religion (well, sort of), it’s not really accurate to call it a cult. As noted in this column before, I was raised in the Mormon Church, so I know about cults. Diet cult might be a better description for Unarius. more

Jan 30, 2017 3:47 PM Well, That Was Awkward


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26. Considering that maybe none of this matters. That the threats to women, minorities, progressive change, the environment and the American political system as we know it are just that—threats. 27. Considering we'll probably be dead in four years. more

Jan 19, 2017 3:00 PM Well, That Was Awkward


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For poet Jahleh Ghanbari, the first time she called her father “daddy” was a small act of defiance. more

Jan 17, 2017 4:30 PM Family Issue


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The dirt is interesting—a fundamental ingredient for all sorts of American entertainment: demolition derbies, rodeos, monster truck rallies and other super classy events. more

Well, That Was Awkward 1 Comments

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This getting high thing is new and different for me. But then again, everything feels different since election night. Everyday life feels different. When friends greet each other with "how's it going?", there's now a qualifier after every answer. more

Jan 3, 2017 9:36 AM Well, That Was Awkward

Our annual collection of always humorous, often politically incorrect letters to St. Nick from the people, characters and, eh, animals that probably need a little more Christmas cheer this year. more

Dec 20, 2016 5:45 PM Culture

Maybe the best, most therapeutic way to assess the past year is to step back from the big picture and focus on the smaller pictures—look at the trees instead of the forest, if you will. more

Dec 19, 2016 4:00 PM Well, That Was Awkward

Mike Cernovich is a bro who really cares about masculinity, male dominance and old-school chivalry. Recently, he's has become a spokesperson for the alt-right movement more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 AM Well, That Was Awkward