New Story: MOCA Jacksonville and Hemming Plaza and Clay Yarborough

When Clay Yarborough attacked art in Jacksonville, this town stood up to show him he has no idea whom he supposedly represents.

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New Story: Pumpkin Hill: Verse Versus at Five Acre Spread

Near Pumpkin Hill, Verse Versus at Five Acre Spread


Poets and whiskey and late-night bonfires. Driftwood sculpture and taxidermy suspended in trees. A poetry lounge in an old bus. And Junah and Elby and Oliver. And Keri and Stephanie and Lindsey and Alex. And beggar’s tick weed taking over sculptures. A seasonal gathering. An art farm.

New Story: Jax by Jax Literary Festival Fined for a Sign on a Pole


Jax by Jax event poster, designed by Liz Murphy Thomas

Jax by Jax is a literary festival at Park & King in the middle of Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida. Jax by Jax includes nine venues, 15 featured writers, almost 30 writers total, and three literary journals.

But someone taped a Jax by Jax poster to a light pole. And the city’s Municipal Code Compliance Division didn’t like it one bit.

Tim Gilmore’s new book, In Search of Eartha White

Eartha White lived in the Mission she founded on LaVilla’s West Ashley Street. She lived with the poor she helped, ate from the food she shared, and clothed herself from the donations she offered. Though she met with business leaders, mayors, governors, and presidents, she never separated herself from the poor it was her life’s purpose to help.

In Search of Eartha White, Storehouse for the People

ISoEW cover

Tim Gilmore’s book The Ocean Highway at Night

The Ocean Highway at Night is the story of Old A1A, a lost branch of a bypassed Florida highway, its communities of Summer Haven and Marineland, the world’s “first oceanarium,” the rock shelves of limestone coquina on the beaches, and the mysterious mayors of these coastal podunks.

OHN cover

New Story: Green Cove Port

Worn-out landscape.

Space Shuttle fuel tank. Arctic Discoverer, treasure hunter disappeared with tons of gold. Rusted dredges succumbing to the ground. Storm clouds.

New Story: the Leon Cheek Castle in Riverside

Riverside Avondale: Leon Cheek CastleCheek_16

It’s built to last 1,000 years–at least. Never mind Hurricane Dora in 1964. Never mind the kids who swung from chandeliers in the “Abandoned Castle” in 1967. Leon Cheek never got to give his mansion the life he envisioned for it, but Jerry Ferguson has.


New Story: Springfield, 1967, House Fire, What Was / Is

We visit a house that is not there. Oh, but you do it all the time. This Victorian / Edwardian neighborhood, Springfield, just north of downtown.

The h0use was full of smoke. She brought her pocketbook and parakeet downstairs.

Springfield house fire

So much more is gone than present, but all of it is here. If you know to understand it. Everthing’s a double exposure. If you can see historically.

Bobby and Billy

photograph courtesy Wanda Canaday


New Story: Abandoned Warehouse in Green Cove Springs


The swamp permeates upward through the empty factory and warehouse. Economies decline into the soil just like buildings. Snakes hang in the trees. Storm’s coming.


Green Cove Springs: All Star Building Materials

Two Beach Dive Bars: Ginger’s Place and Pete’s Bar


Ginger’s Place

Supposedly Ginger’s Place is haunted by the former burlesque dancer who once ran the bar, not by the building’s history of bikers, storm floods, or the former owner who stayed upstairs in her wheelchair after her husband died at the jukebox.


Pete’s Bar

Ernest Hemingway supposedly visited just about every bar that’s been around long enough. Pete’s Bar has the proof in the pictures on the walls. But how many bars can claim the ultra-reclusive J.D. Salinger came by for a drink?