Monday, September 12, 2016

Dave Barry, defender of Sunshine State weirdness

Dave Barry has made a good living writing funny stuff, including dozens of books, fiction and nonfiction, and a syndicated humor column for the Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005 that snagged him a Pulitzer Prize. (Or, as we say in the South, a “pullet surprise.”)

A native Noo Yawker from the hamlet of Armonk north of NYC, he decided decades ago to settle in Florida and a unique role evolved – defending the state from those who would ridicule its overall weirdness. That led to yet another book, “Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends his Homeland.” The Wall Street Journal ran an excerpt:

Dave’s theory is that the state’s image went downhill on election night of 2000. (Indeed, this orange cat thinks that is when this once-great country’s latest leg of decline began.) Again from the book excerpt:

Naturally, Dave has his own website. It’s full of his archived writings and weird news items submitted by readers. No matter how you feel about Florida, it’s definitely worth a bookmark.

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