One of the really good things about Florida: Carl Hiaasen

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Carl Hiaasen writes for the Miami Herald…

which is funny, because the newspaper is funny. Funny in a sensational, superfluous way.  Some call it “Newspaper lite.” Gertrude Stein might have described it as ‘A no there there newspaper.’ Hence, a large proportion of Floridians  (who rolled down the hill from New York) subscribe to the New York Times for real news and they read Carl to be entertained.

Hiaasen also writes books. Really great books.

The Bonus: Florida has Carl Hiaasen.

On the Right coast, Carl Hiaasen is legendary. He is revered nation-wide – but, in Florida he is holy grail guy.  Witty, urbane, irreverent and the author of a couple dozen best selling books.   Truth be told – The Bad Monkey Book Club – a homage to CH reports that he is so compelling- so famous – women straight out of an ‘I Love Lucy’ episode,  scour Florida hoping to find him, his home – just to spend a little time with him.

‘Skinny Dip’ takes on a whole new meaning with him.  He is a rock star – loved by millions.

When Carl Hiaasen speaks, people listen. The native son of Florida is well aware of the myriad oddities, the bizarre behavior and rampant corruption. And so he writes thinly veiled, clever as hell, fiction  about the sins of the sunshine State.

“I think in the old days, the nexus of weirdness ran through Southern California, and to a degree New York City. I think it’s changed so that every bizarre story in the country now has a Florida connection.

I don’t know why, except it must be some inversion of magnetic poles or something.”   Carl Hiaasen

If you have to drive anywhere – a Hiaasen book-on-tape will make your journey laugh-out-loud-more-fun. Welcome to Florida.



See Here: Carl Hiaasen Books

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