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  • Title: Kick Ass: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen
  • Author: Carl Hiaasen
  • ISBN: 9780813017174
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Hardcover
  • You just cover a lot of territory and you do it aggressively and you do it fairly and you don t play favorites and you don t take any prisoners It s the old school of slash and burn metropolitan column writing You just kick ass That s what you do And that s what they pay you to do Carl Hiaasen Carl Hiaasen is one of America s finest novelists His newspaper colu You just cover a lot of territory and you do it aggressively and you do it fairly and you don t play favorites and you don t take any prisoners It s the old school of slash and burn metropolitan column writing You just kick ass That s what you do And that s what they pay you to do Carl Hiaasen Carl Hiaasen is one of America s finest novelists His newspaper column is another side of the same talent, examining with a corrosive writer s eye the outrageous carnival of Southern Florida The inhabitants are all here thieves, conmen, and hustlers, perfumed swine and oiled mannequins, legal swindlers and patriotic crooks, executioners and lap dancers, and yes, even an occasional hero This is a splendid collection by a native son whose rage at the despoiling of Florida can only be relieved by dark laughter Pete HamillReaders who eagerly anticipate each new Carl Hiaasen novel will relish this selection of his Miami Herald columns, written with the same dark humor and satirical edge as Tourist Season, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, and the rest of Hiaasen s brilliant and nationally acclaimed fiction Known for evoking the disastrously flawed paradise of modern South Florida, Hiaasen proves in these columns that facts can indeed be stranger than the fiction they inspire Beginning with Welcome to South Florida, a chapter introducing such everyday events as animal sacrifice, riots at the beach, and a shootout over limes at the supermarket, this collection organizes over 200 columns into 18 chapters, chronicling the events and defining the issues that have kept the South Florida melting pot bubbling throughout the 80s and 90s An introductory essay provides an overview of Hiaasen s career and outlines his principal concerns as a journalist.Since its inception in 1985, Hiaasen s twice weekly baseball bat to the forehead column has become enormously popular for its passionate conviction and willingness to confront powerful interests in pursuit of the public good Amid the corruption and chaos of a city on the edge, Hiaasen s pointblank honesty and clear articulation of what s right have secured him wide respect across the community s many racial and ethnic divides as well as the admiration of his peers, who compare him to A J Leibling, I F Stone, and H L Mencken.In addition to South Florida color and world class journalism, readers of Kick Ass will find one of Florida s staunchest defenders in action, and they ll take great pleasure in watching him work.Bestselling author Carl Hiaasen has written Tourist Season, Strip Tease, Sick Puppy, Skinny Dip, and many other novels that have helped define Florida noir He is also the author of three popular books for young readers, Hoot, Flush, and most recently, Scat His nonfiction includes Team Rodent How Disney Devours the World and Downhill Lie A Hacker s Return to a Ruinous Sport A Florida native and lifelong resident, Hiaasen still writes regularly for the Miami Herald, where he has worked for 33 years and where these columns first appeared Diane Stevenson teaches research writing in the psychology department at the University of Florida.
    Kick Ass Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen You just cover a lot of territory and you do it aggressively and you do it fairly and you don t play favorites and you don t take any prisoners It s the old school of slash and burn metropolitan colum

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    1. I simply cannot say anything bad about this collection of Hiaasen s best Miami Herald columns It is sad, funny and angry all at the same time Hiaasen is clearly a meticulous researcher, and that allows him to simply skewer just about everything about South Florida government and politics with the steady hand of someone who has all the facts and knows that things are even worse than they seem.

    2. Most reviews of this book, including the cover blurbs, note the direct connection between the characters in Hiaasen s novels and the crazy only in Florida true stories that populate particularly the first section of this book And there is plenty of kookiness to go around, but the part that captivated me was the environmentalism, and Hiaasen s passion for Florida s wild places These themes also come through in his novels, but come from his experience and the mostly tragic history of southern Flor [...]

    3. As always, he is magnificent Unfortunately, with all of those editorials, the problems in Miami and the stupidity of the state legislature just keep on happening This really my second reading of the book This book would be a great gift to anyone who is interested in local politics I can t believe there aren t some places where some of this stuff isn t going on Football stadiums, bribes to building inspectors, etc And this is not fiction, which also writes and is very funny Second reading, June18 [...]

    4. One of the world s greatest raconteurs doing what he does best Namely stirring the shit of politics and society at large while reveling in a sense of disbelief, absurdity and righteous anger.Somewhat esoteric He writes about ALOT of minor politicians from the eighties but rewarding none the less.

    5. Hiaasen is a much beloved and highly successful Florida writer famous for skewering the stupidity and absurdities of South Florida So I was quite surprised when this collection of his newspaper columns bored the hell out of me This was possibly my first ever exposure to Hiassen s writing I may have read his column a few times before, but I ve definitely never read any of his novels Much like the film In Bruges I felt like this was something I should like and it just fell completely flat Some art [...]

    6. I always loved his columns in the Miami Herald and missed reading them when I moved to Boston So reading, rather skimming and reading, some of the columns sort of caught me up in what happened after I left in 1987 The Fla story is so depressing The astronomical growth that they can t manage, the environment going to shambles, the water, the Everglades, the wildlife moving toward extinction b c of greed growth.

    7. Might just be me, but I was bored silly Big fan of Carl s fiction, particularly the young adult books like Hoot The columns, however, were hard to get into The rants get old especially since there was no follow up, so you don t know how things ended I skipped about half of the book like the stuff about politics and ended up reading mostly the articles about wildlife and the destruction of the environment.

    8. I m going to florida in March and I always like to read about the culture of where I m traveling I m excited about the den of thieves and Mafiosos and illegal immigrants that I will encounter on my travels oh yeah, and gun toting grandmas too Carl Hiassen is hilarious and pretty uch everything he writes is worth reading.

    9. Consistently one of the funniest writers out there Always enjoy his books But this is a collection of his editorials Scathingly funny, witheringly dry commentary on Florida politics make up the bulk of these articles.

    10. I learned very quickly in this collection of Hiaasen s newpaper columns, that I really prefer his novels Too much preaching and not enough whimsy Although, I ll admit, there s plenty of problems in South Florida for Hiaasen to preach about.

    11. Corruption is rampant everywhere Sometimes it is good to be reminded that people don t change much and neither do politicians Hiaasen is a joy to read, but it would have been better had I read this when it came out, instead of years later.

    12. Carl Hiaasen is hilarious This is a great bathroom book His newspaper articles are short and a great laugh I truly love a smart ass

    13. Very good collection of Newspaper columns written over the years by the author outlining the greed corruption of the authorities in Florida.

    14. Carl tells it like it is great source of some Florida history especially liked the later sections on the Everglades and Florida growth in general.

    15. Readers who love Carl Hiaasen s off the wall novels won t want to miss this and passionate essays prove that the facts can indeed be stranger than fiction

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