Carl Hiaasen?

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Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:25 am Post

Just started "Skinny Dip".

Brilliant.
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Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:26 am Post

Glad you are enjoying it. I am a bit crunched for time time right now, but google "60 minutes, carl hiaasen" you should get a hit for an interview with him, where he shows the "file" of wacky news stories from South Florida where he gets many of his ideas. Also look into "Naked Came the Manatee" where he, Elmore Leonard, Dave Barry and others did a collaborative effort on a novel.

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Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:11 pm Post

i said hiaasen scans the florida papers for "story lines" and ridiculous events.. here is a sample:

http://goo.gl/mqIuf
Hair-raising blast at college as barber chair blows up

A barber chair at a cosmetology college blew up Thursday.

The cause of the blast and fire on the Deltona campus of Daytona State College is unknown, according to a report in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The explosion caused minor injuries to one person.

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If Hiaasen wrote that into his stories you'd think he made it up....

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Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:36 pm Post

more fodder for the Hiaasen file..
Man hit by flying mattress doing OK

NAPLES, Fla. -- A tourist seriously injured when a mattress flew off a passing furniture truck in southwest Florida has been released from the hospital.

The Fort Myers News-Press ( http://newspr.es/HAz6Ip) reported Thursday that 50-year-old Igor Stacho is getting further treatment at a local rehabilitation center. His wife Katrina said he is doing well.

Stacho and a visiting friend were walking on a Naples sidewalk April 5 when the metal-framed mattress flew off the passing truck and hit him in the head. Reports said she he suffered a skull fracture and spinal injuries. The truck hasn't been located.

Stacho, a construction contractor who lives in Maryland, was released from the hospital Wednesday.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/13/2 ... rylink=cpy

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Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:53 pm Post

Did you see the mini interview of Hiaasen in the NYT Book Review? If not, it's here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/books ... k_20120601

I was especially intrigued by his book recommendation for President Obama.

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Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:47 pm Post

Vermonter17032 wrote:Did you see the mini interview of Hiaasen in the NYT Book Review? If not, it's here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/books ... k_20120601

I was especially intrigued by his book recommendation for President Obama.

Steve


Great! The Sisters Brothers and The Monkey Wrench Gang - I want to read them!
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Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:44 pm Post

Courtesy of my local library I have now nearly finished the Hiaasen back catalogue. Very pleased to hear, therefore, that he has a new one coming out in June!

http://www.carlhiaasen.com/books/books-badmonkey.html
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Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:24 pm Post

So glad I turned people on to him. You can also read his "real" work at the Miami Herald.

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Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:12 am Post

vic-k wrote:Good news for Hiaasen fans :D
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/ju ... sen-review
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'Sentences seem to have escaped from an anti-guidebook to Florida. "The typical Key West murder is a drunken altercation over debts, dope or dance partners." Or: "The Miami-Dade morgue had been designed with a contingency for a worst-case airline crash." A condominium Yancy inspects has a "a polyp-shaped swimming pool with a slightly discoloured kiddie pond".'

Wonderful! Now I know what I'll be reading next week.
'Listen, some quiet night, when you've shirked your work that day. Do you hear
that distant, almost inaudible clicking sound? That's one of your
competitors, working away in the night in
Paris or London or Erie, PA.'