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Saturday, November 22, 2014


   We had a great time at the Miami Book Fair today. Filmmaker John Waters told us about his  hilarious cross country hitch-hike last year (promoting the resulting book, "Carsick"). 
   Answering questions he said he felt bad for Honey Boo Boo, "She's our generation's Shirley Temple".  
    He avoids reality shows,  "They're stupid and completely scripted. There's nothing real about them. 
The producers are making tons of money and the people who watch are wasting their time."

    He suggested that we watch TV less and hitchhike more, "It's green and great fun. You never know who is going to pick you up!".

    Dr. Cornel West was as serious as Waters was silly.  The provocative scholar used his latest book, "Black Prophetic Fire", to deliver a fiery sermon on the long history of racial injustice in our country. The 600 people in the room gave him a standing ovation.

    Tomorrow is the last day of our annual literary festival.  It closes with Monty Python's John Cleese on state.  He's on his "Come See Me Before I Die" book tour and we'll be there to see him.

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