Carl Hiaasen Gives The Graduation Speech No One Will Hear
Thousands of graduates from South Florida colleges and universities will receive their diplomas in the coming weeks during winter commencement ceremonies. Miami Herald columnist and author Carl Hiaasen saw his youngest son graduate recently and wants to make sure new graduates are entering the next stage on their life with a "realistic" perspective. "You need to hear that you may think you're a great musician and you're going to grow up and become the next Bruce Springsteen. But you're not, you have a better chance of getting hit by lightning, " said Hiaasen. Hiaasen's book is called, "Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear ." It challenges some of the traditional wisdom given at commencement cermonies, like not to judge people. " [Judging] is a survival skill. It's like telling a wild beast in the savannah, 'don't judge that lion until he's got you by the throat.'" Sundial host Luis Hernandez caught up with Hiaasen at the Miami Book Fair before his event with
Art Installation Explores The Racial Inequality Of Sleep And Offers Reparations
When you walk through the installation, “ Black Power Naps/Siestas Negras ” you’re automatically sucked into a world of relaxation. There are six embellished beds and a sound track playing where the Afro Latinx artists Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa explain what the concept of sleep means to them in a deep soothing voice.
Elizabeth Bishop's Home Purchased by Key West Literary Seminar
The iconic American poet Elizabeth Bishop called Key West home for a decade of her life.
South Florida's Oldest Library Has Some Big Connections, From Hemingway To Buffett
The Monroe County Public Library system is celebrating its 60th birthday this month. But the Key West library calls itself South Florida's oldest, dating back to the 1800s.
Filmmaker Confronts The 'Ghosts' Of Anti-Gay Ugliness That Plagued His Youth
The short film “The Summer House” begins with a cozy domestic scene. A young couple in love -- Greg and Chris -- are settling in at the cottage once owned by Greg’s father. But within minutes, things get scary, with the spirit of Greg’s homophobic father stalking his son around the small house. Or is it? "I am really drawn to stories about people who are told they don't fit in; who are told that they don't fit the mold of what society expects," says Luke Willis, who wrote and directed the film. It's one of dozens of shorts that will be screened during the Key West Film Festival , which runs this week. Willis grew up in north Florida, where attitudes toward the LGBTQ community were quite different than those in Key West, considered one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world. In his storytelling, Willis draws inspiration from past experiences that he says led to trauma surrounding his self-identity. And if the film was screening in his north Florida hometown as opposed to Key West,