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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There’s a lot of big things to like about San Diego—our weather, the ocean, the laidback lifestyle—but the things that make this city great aren’t necessarily the things we’d write home about. more

Oct 17, 2017 11:34 AM Best of San Diego

Last year, when 91X announced Ye Scallywag!, its inaugural punk music and craft beer festival, it sounded like an absolute shitshow. But then I went and—you know what?—it turned out to be really fun. more

Oct 16, 2017 11:58 AM The Spotlight


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“What’s your favorite flavor?” Dexter asks. more

Oct 9, 2017 12:43 PM Well, That Was Awkward

Even though Coldplay's music is essentially Chicken Soup for the White Person’s Soul, that doesn’t mean it’s completely void of innovation or joy. more

Oct 3, 2017 12:00 PM The Spotlight


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Maybe it’s the heat, or the raw agony of my chafed inner thighs, but this enlightenment forces me to realize that I do some annoying things at concert more

Sep 25, 2017 12:19 PM Well, That Was Awkward


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Don’t even get me started on Bono, a man who bathes in a pool of his own cult of personality. But. U2 also made The Joshua Tree, a rock album that reaches for sublime, shimmering and daunting heights and touches them. more

Sep 19, 2017 12:11 PM The Spotlight


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I know my health would get better if I gave up animal products. I’m not even going to try espousing on the importance of protein because I have no idea what protein actually does in the human body. more

Sep 11, 2017 12:24 PM Well, That Was Awkward

Goo Goo Dolls could have been great. Well, that’s a little unfair to say, because they are great, at least in a cringe-inducing way. more

Sep 6, 2017 9:21 AM The Spotlight


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Let me tell you: enjoying a drink called an “Irish Car Bomb” with people who live close to the reality of that violence is definitely a little awkward. more

Aug 28, 2017 11:52 AM Well, That Was Awkward

Before Aug. 1, I had maybe suspected that National Clown Week was a thing. What I mean by that is the human mind is capable of imagining infinite atrocities. more

Aug 14, 2017 11:48 AM Well, That Was Awkward


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I bit down. Ketchup, mustard and pickle filled my mouth. I stopped chewing. I held that piece of burger in the side of my mouth for nearly half an hour until finally choking it down. Since then, I’ve sworn off the big three condiments. more

Aug 9, 2017 10:42 AM Food Issue


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Both the world and I have zero chill right now.This is no good, because I’m on my way to the San Diego Smooth Jazz festival, which, I assume, is the Chillest Place on Earth™. more

Jul 31, 2017 12:48 PM Well, That Was Awkward

A couple years ago, I analyzed late-summer trailers and tried to determine the quality of the movies they were advertising. I'm doing it again. more

Jul 18, 2017 6:27 PM Features

Back in 1989, Garfield creator Jim Davis—not particularly known for his provocative imagination—published a series of uncharacteristically troubling comics leading up to Halloween. more

Jul 17, 2017 4:41 PM Well, That Was Awkward


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Rocks are dope. Crystals are dope! Who doesn’t want to see some dope crystals? more

Jul 3, 2017 12:00 PM Well, That Was Awkward


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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


Creepshot by Ryan Bradford

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

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