Treasure Island Redux

Trea­sure Island, Florida and its envi­rons is one of the best hotbeds of mid-century mod­ern archi­tec­ture in America—right on the Gulf of Mex­ico, about a mile from Jack Kerouac’s last home, was an exam­ple of every major archi­tec­tural style and trend from America’s high point.

In an effort to bring aware­ness to what they had, years ago I got Trea­sure Island on the front page of The New York Times. They didn’t get it then, even as the national spot­light was thrown upon them.

I’ve been mak­ing some trips down there to doc­u­ment what’s left, and I’ve become hap­pily sur­prised by some­thing else: there’s new inter­est and hope in his­toric preser­va­tion. Now that mid-century mod­ern is so hot, this might be a very good year for the city.

Tropic Terrace

The Sands

A Visit From the Time Ghost

the time ghost

I spoke with William S. Bur­roughs a few times in the final years of his life. I miss him, and recently I was shocked but happy to hear his voice again — it was com­ing out of the pages of Dostoyevsky.

Yes, I’ve been think­ing of Bur­roughs lately, and I’ve encoun­tered him, and I’ve been think­ing about many other things that are appear­ing, too.

First pub­lished in Got­News as “A Vision From the Time Ghost.”

The Alt-Right Is Woke

We didn’t know what to expect. Between the eight us there were only two bul­let­proof vests. And we all had our girls to worry about. As Loren Feld­man the film­maker said, they were “uncon­trol­lable” and insisted that they remain in the thick of it. One of them’s preg­nant. So a hand­ful of us drove out to a mall in sub­ur­ban Cleve­land to pre­pare. We took a green Kia Soul that, for the week of the 2016 Repub­li­can National Con­ven­tion at least, was an alt-right Pepe mobile, fat-lipped grin on the front grille made from two strips of wide, rose-colored rub­ber. Not every­one knew their memes; you either got it and smiled or you just didn’t see.

First pub­lished in Got­News.