June 20th was the official first day of summer, but it’s felt like summer for weeks already. Many of us dread the humid days when we can barely walk to our cars without breaking a sweat. Writer Nancy Klingener has learned to appreciate summer and the off-season in Key West. Her full essay is below.
Nancy Klingener describes herself as “a recovering journalist, aspiring librarian and addicted reader” living in Key West, Florida. She’s also the writer behind the The Bone Island Book Blog.
Journalist and professor Madeleine Blais contemplates a move back to South Florida for a job teaching as a visiting professor at Florida International University. As part of her employment paperwork, she’s asked to sign an oath of loyalty to the state of Florida. As a journalist, this kind of thing makes her suspicious. She reflects on her previous years in Miami as she contemplates signing the oath and moving back:
Mark Hedden lives in Key West and writes narrative nonfiction, primarily ornithology-oriented natural history, which most people refer to as “stuff about birds.” Along with the strange business of bank robbery in Key West, he has written about necrovoyeurism, his love of the Tour de France, his aversion to pirates, his hatred of clowns, the inappropriate use of firearms during photo shoots, and music.
Diana Abu-Jaber read her essay for Under the Sun about her family’s heritage of hosting guests during the holidays. Here are a few recipes you might want to add to your holiday table. One is more elaborate–perhaps for a host to serve. The other is super simple–perhaps something a guest can contribute to a party. These recipes are from Abu-Jaber’s memoir, The Language of Baklava (Pantheon Books).
Jeremy Glazer is a legislative analyst, a former high school teacher and a Miami native. On his phone message, he has been known to identify himself as a “future hall-of-famer,” but he says he hasn’t decided yet which hall of fame or what his achievement will be. He recently finished his first novel and is looking for a publisher.
Author Diana Abu-Jaber, who teaches at Portland State University, splits her time between Portland and Miami. In her ode to Miami, she compares the city to a disheveled party girl – beautiful but not the kind you settle down with. Before she came to Miami, people warned her that the city was a vacation destination, not a place to call home. Sure, everyone sees the superficial, but few see the heart and mind beneath the flash. For this Arab-American girl who couldn’t sit still in one place, the city understood her. Those who don’t quite fit in anywhere else, somehow do in Miami.
Jeremy Glazer is a legislative analyst, a former high school teacher, and a Miami native. On his phone message, he has been known to identify himself as a “future hall-of-famer,” but he says he hasn’t decided yet which hall of fame, or what his achievement will be. He recently finished his first novel and is looking for a publisher.
Jeremy Glazer writes about the ups and downs of internet dating in his story, Mismatch.com. Glazer read this piece at a recent Lip Service event at Books & Books in Coral Gables. It was recorded at the WLRN studios.
Jeremy Glazer is a legislative analyst, a former high school teacher, and that rare breed– a Miami native. He identifies himself as a “future hall-of-famer” on his phone message, but he says he hasn’t decided yet which hall of fame, or what his achievement will be. He recently finished his first novel.