New Story: Shantyboat, Trout River, Lynn Skapyak Harlin’s Writers’ Workshops

She calls herself a bitch and her writers her babies.


Shantyboats are “derelict little river cottages afloat on Styrofoam blocks or 55-gallon tanks.” She wanted the ugliest one.

The artist Jim Draper compares his first trip aboard the Shantyboat to the loss of virginity.


Jim Harlin stands smoking, tall black standard poodle beside him, as he must have from time immemorial.

New Story: Trump Campaign Office

I knew I shouldn’t do it. I shouldn’t have done it. I did it. I walked into a Donald Trump campaign office today.

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I asked Patsy Butts if she lives in this neighborhood and she said, “Hell no. I live at the beach.”

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Then Butts said, “I’m going to send them to jail and I’m going to sue them and I’m going to take every single thing they own and make myself even richer.”

New Story: Bullet Bob’s Grave

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He was “the world’s fastest man.” I played flag-football for a K-12 religious school and observed the “six-inch rule.” He’s the only athlete to win both an Olympic gold medal and a Superbowl ring.

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New Story: Babyland

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There’s a place in Northwest Jacksonville called Babyland, because there’s no room for mourning in American cemeteries.

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New Story: Revisiting Adorkaville

Laura Adorkor Kofi headquartered her pan-Africanist operations in Jacksonville.


After angering Marcus Garvey, she was assassinated, shot in the head, in the midst of preaching. Long after her death, the rural commune of Adorkaville carried her message forward, and even today, a tiny church on Old Kings Road proclaims her a saint in its official creed.


I first wrote about Mother Kofi in 2012. I wrote about her assassination and the establishment of Adorkaville in my book In Search of Eartha White, Storehouse for the People.

Just after Christmas, 2015, I returned to Adorkaville to investigate the presence of absence.

New Story: Friendship Fountain, Feeling Sentimental

Remembering a girl only I remember, 1991, wandering from “Vaudeville” at night to Friendship Fountain.

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Nostalgia for youth I barely understood, a time when my daughters were small, and Space Age architecture before my birth.



New Story: Face from the 1600s atop the Riverplace Tower


In the top floor of the nearly-30-story 1967 tower, a wooden “Green Man” face from 1600s’ Rotterdam once shook up a young real estate superstar.


New Story: The Aquatic Gardens Flood & A Poet’s Response

Atlantic Beach: Aquatic Gardens


The rains on the night of November 8, 2015 flooded the Atlantic Beach neighborhood of Aquatic Gardens.

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Says the poet Tiffany Melanson, who called Aquatic Gardens home,

“You know, I write about Florida as if it’s a living, breathing person so often. I shouldn’t be surprised she asserted herself as if she actually was one.”

New Story: CoRK



Corner of Rosselle and King



New Story: Evervess Art Studio

Waterspirit Rises

The Home of the Waterspirit!