Journalism

01/31/20

In the Everglades for the New York Times

For years, whenever I found myself in Miami with an afternoon to spare, I sneaked off west to where a road abruptly separates the urban grid from the Everglades. Depending on time, I drove as deep into the saw grass void as I could, parked, got out and gazed up at tropical clouds racing unimpeded by tree or building.

Then, usually, I burst into tears.

Sky and grass. Nothing else. It's a bit embarrassing to admit that anything in Florida -- with its postcard palms plastered against postcard sunsets, its coconut tanning oil and Lily Pulitzer pinks and greens, its schmaltz and buffoonery and hanging chads and "Florida Man," with his love of Styrofoam, weapons and monster trucks -- affects me this way. But it does.

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