Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M. Stir

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M. Stir

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Byline: MATT SOERGEL

NO RESPECT

CESSPOOL ON THE ST. JOHNS

Tony Horwitz visited Jacksonville and old Fort Caroline for his book, A Voyage Long and Strange, which is written about in a story in this section of the paper.

He wasn't impressed by the St. Johns River.

He wrote: "As a Frenchman with a finely tuned sense of aesthetics, Rene de Laudonniere would be appalled by the present-day surrounds of the colony he founded. The 'large and beautiful river' that the French called Riviere de Mai now blooms with algae, sewage and factory waste. Its banks, so aromatic that Laudonniere thought perfume could not improve their fragrance, reeks (sic) of septic tanks and the industry of greater Jacksonville, a city mocked by its detractors as 'an olfactory crime' and a 'Dixie version of Newark.' "

Sheesh.

BIGFOOTMANIA

TURNING THE SOUTH BLUE?

Bob Moser, author of the new book, Blue Dixie: Awakening the South's Democratic Majority, had a piece in Salon.com last week arguing that Democrats shouldn't give up on the South, as some suggest. His argument's not terribly persuasive, but he made a good parallel between the search for Southern Dems and the "discovery" of Bigfoot in north Georgia.

"Democrats have been stalking an elusive beast in Dixie every four years since the Voting Rights Act broke apart the dominant old Democratic Party in the South. The beast . . . (has) been viewed, by many a non-Southern liberal, as somewhat akin to a Bigfoot, in that nobody could be sure that the phenomenon really existed - and if it did, it was likely only half-human . . . But those leading cheers for a 'non-Southern' Democratic strategy were ignoring a reality that Southerners themselves couldn't miss: Bigfoot was changing colors and evolving into a whole new animal."

It's a clever comparison, but then that Georgia Bigfoot turned out to be a crock, didn't it?

ON TV

WE'D LIKE TO SEE IT ON FRIDAY, TOO

Daily Show genius Jon Stewart, in the New York Times, talks about the catharsis he gets by being able to make fun of the world four nights a week: "What's nice to us about the relentlessness of the show is you know you're going to get that release no matter what, every night, Monday through Thursday. …

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