On my most recent American road trip, to Michigan and back, I heard not once but twice, from different people, about a man who had just given a TED talk about the discovery, throughout America, of eight-foot-tall humanish skeletons with double rows of teeth. The claim sounded bogus, but I had nothing but respect for [...]
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Last month, after having lunch with a friend in Dumbo, I decided spontaneously to take a tour of the Watchtower buildings – the Jehovah’s Witnesses World Headquarters in Brooklyn Heights. It’s one of the things you grow up with in New York City – you tell the time and the temperature by it whenever you’re [...]
We had spent enough time on an inflatable mattress on Thom Collins’ floor, and it was time to head for the house we had rented in Miami Beach – a $2700 per week rental house we would be sharing with eight friends. Again, this place surpassed expectations. It was a giant house – there were [...]
Miami Beach is technically a separate city from Miami, and in certain respects – amazingly – it is its equal or even superior in urban vitality. It occupies a broad barrier island in Biscayne Bay, as long and perhaps five or six times wider than the Rockaway Peninsula of New York. The area was opened [...]
I saw “Little Havana” on my maps of Miami and felt I simply had to see the place, so I made a point of heading there when I had a little time to myself. It surprised me by seeming so utterly normal. It is true that the population was entirely Spanish-speaking; Miami is I think [...]
Without a doubt the most striking thing about listening to the radio in Miami are the plastic surgery ads. With financing options. “Breast aug $199 a month. Lipo $299 a month. Bad credit? No problem! We specialize in people with credit problems!” There’s even a website, BeautyLoans.org.
The Everglades without color.
The next day in Miami we visited some private collections of contemporary art, which closely resembled what we had seen in the exhibition center. But it was pleasant to walk from place to place in the sunny palm-lined streets. One of the private collections – supposedly in part funded by profits from the drug-fueled Studio [...]
My first full day in Miami was the “preview day” at Art Basel, the nation’s most prestigious contemporary art show. I had never been to anything like it and we had VIP passes, so I was raring to go. We ended up spending something like six hours at the show, in two separate visits during [...]
When I got off the plane I was amazed immediately: in tropical climates the humid air holds the warmth all night, and I could walk out of the airport in short sleeves in perfect comfort. Miami began its wild growth after the “Great Freeze” of 1894, when Florida’s entire citrus crop was killed off by [...]