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There was this time at some point in the late 1990s when people I knew or people I wanted to know thought that Florida was a place to try out, that cities like Gainesville, Tampa, or Miami had good scenes and it was worth moving to those places simply based off of that. I sat up at night dreaming of the Lower East Side, Olympia, the East Bay, or San Diego, they seemed like...
When I was seven, “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)” by the Backstreet Boys was the only song in the world. The ballad, a cloying and catchy Max Martin written and produced song, was the first US single released from the Backstreet Boys. While simple, mindless lyrics like, “Sometimes I wish I could turn back time, impossible as it may seem” don’t quite make for an epic pop song, they do get stuck in...
I was a big believer in second chances long before I ever got one. F. Scott Fitzgerald once infamously said "There are no second acts in American lives," but he was a raging alcoholic who wore his wing-like hair in a middle part, so maybe he was just projecting. Most of my teenage years were spent doing regrettable things while regretting them in real time. Every day seemed to bring some new situation in...
When you’re far away from you grew up, getting the occasional taste of your roots isn’t just comforting, it’s a must. And with the weather having finally reached optimal (aka scorching hot and humid) summer temperatures, it would be no surprise if all Brooklyn-based Miamians were craving one thing in specific: a slice of Key lime pie. After all, key limes are the pink flamingos of Florida food—an integral and nationally recognizable part of our culture. And while maybe...

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