Author Debra Dean discusses the thin line between fiction and autobiography and how she became a writer after a career onstage....more
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Bad news first: There are 49 libraries in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. Twenty-two of them are about to be closed. Some last-minute budget rearrangements might save six of those, but that will leave sixteen—one-third of the county’s libraries—on the chopping block.
A tax hike would have saved the libraries—along with several emergency rescue vehicles and the jobs of a few hundred county employees—but it proved too unpopular....more
There were warning signs. Red flags. The school was located in a series of strip malls along a highway in a shitty part of town, but close enough to a nice part to appear, on paper, like a good place to go....more
In Florida there is an Indian River that flows through a swamp in the northern half of the state. It behaves nothing like a river at all—instead it commingles with the land to make a land-water hybrid, which is what much of Florida feels like anyway....more
Lynne Barrett’s story collection, Magpies, soaks in the muggy atmosphere of South Florida, with her well-told stories of swamplands and housing developments....more
Roger Stone, the architect of the infamous Brooks Brothers Riot (see Dade County, 2000 election), reviews the new James Bond film, Quantam of Solace. The movie’s fine, he says, but the outfits are all wrong. (see also the profile of Roger Stone in The New Yorker)...more