St. Augustine, Florida, America’s so-called “oldest city,” is a city of tensions: beautiful architecture, lush gardens, a history of slave trading, KKK violence, and Civil Rights activism. Gentrification, demolitions, and white-washing are threatening residents and the truth, as the city’s many narratives compete for supremacy. To understand this city, you must look both at what it was and what it’s becoming.
Michael Adno examines the paintings of American playwright Tennessee Williams, who used the visual medium to explore what it meant to be gay in America during the ’70s.
A profile of renovator and land developer David Wolkowsky, age 98, whose particular brand of charm, philanthropy, joie de vivre, and camp has permanently shaped Key West, Florida’s unique allure.
“In Sarasota, there is a community surrounding a litany of roadside psychics and more than 100 mediums and spiritual guides. Why?”
When Ernest “Ernie” Matthew Mickler’s book White Trash Cooking appeared in 1986, it became an instant hit. Its author was viewed as either a talented Southern folklorist or a comical novelty. But his work was a rich cultural document of a vanishing rural Florida, and he proved that poor rural people can and should document their life-ways with dignity. This is Mickler’s story.