Editor: Steve Sorensen, who wrote for the Reader from 1976 off and on through 1997, has come out with a new book, A Branch of the Sky: Fifty Years of Adventure, Tragedy, and Restoration in the Sierra Nevada.
Sorensen's previous books include:
- Heap of Bones: A Baja Surfer's Chronicle
- Morning Glass: the Adventures of Legendary Waterman Mike Doyle
- Day Hiking Sequoia: Fifty day hikes for Sequoia National Park
- Day Hiking Kings Canyon.
We asked Sorensen to explain how he happened to write for the Reader and which were his favorite stories he wrote for the Reader.
In 1975 I was on my way back from a surfing trip to Mexico, when I stopped in Encinitas to visit a friend and ended up sleeping on his couch for two weeks. During that time, I saw a copy of the San Diego Reader and, inspired by its irreverent style, decided to try writing my very first feature story about what it felt like to be unemployed. I submitted the story to the Reader, then forgot about it. On the day before I had to leave town, I happened to walk by a newsstand on the Coast Highway and saw that the latest edition of the Reader was out. I picked up a copy and, to my astonishment, saw that the story on the cover was mine. I quickly got on the phone with the Reader’s young editor, Paul Krueger, who offered to pay me $300 for the story and asked if I could write more like it.
My favorite Reader stories that I wrote, in no particular order, are:
Editor: See all Sorensen stories.