Say Hello To Decò

the novel

Decò is a satirical novel about life in contemporary Miami. It follows the central character, Decò, a young, naïve, writer armed with an American sense of entitlement which is supposed to guarantee him fame and riches, not always achieved through hard work. The over-the-top novel follows the protagonist’s misadventures as he mixes with an assortment of bizarre Miamians and movements. Decò is a modern take on Voltaire’s classic satire Candide. As in Candide, the plot is fantastical and picaresque, with characters exiting and returning, chapters are short and almost blog-like, and while Voltaire commented on philosophical optimism,  Decò sharply explores the tensions between American exceptionalism and American entitlement. This site features the first seven chapters. If you’d like to read the rest, support a local artist and order a copy here. We’ll mail it to you. And there’s also Kindle. . Over time, we’ll release more chapters in blog form. For now, enjoy the content, and check out “Inside the Writer’s Studio” for some behind the scenes context.

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Decò, ep.1– Chichi and the Stupendously Luxurious

Decò, ep.1– Chichi and the Stupendously Luxurious

In a condo off of West Ave., in the County of Miami-Dade, lived Decò, a young homegrown writer with an intense work ethic and—what was rumored by many — authentic talent. Only twenty-eight, Decò already held a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry, a M.A. in Screenwriting, a PhD in…

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Decò, ep.2 – - Wyn-or-lose-wood, Moustache Rides, and DuPont

Decò, ep.2 – - Wyn-or-lose-wood, Moustache Rides, and DuPont

Living in Wynwood was not easy for Decò. He resided on the ground floor for the first time since living in Miami, renting a small studio space in the back of an art gallery (The Montenegro-Duran-Rodriguez-De-la-Garcia-Suarez-Rosenberg Collection). Gone were the basic condo amenities that were supposed to come with the…

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Decò, ep. 3–The Earl Society and a Critical Mass

Decò, ep. 3–The Earl Society and a Critical Mass

It wasn’t long before Decò took on the lifestyle of the hipsters. He soon drank PBR instead of mojitos. He reluctantly traded his designer clothes at the local clothing exchange and his wardrobe transformed into something tighter and more plaid. There was money left and…

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Decò, ep. 4 –The Sad Tale of the Queen of Allapattah

Decò, ep. 4 –The Sad Tale of the Queen of Allapattah

            Lying in a pool of his own blood, shirtless and alone, achy and sweaty, Decò obviously did not feel so hot. He could barely move. In his mouth he felt a few of his teeth missing and it wouldn’t be surprising to learn if…

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Decò, ep. 5— Decò’s Rejection and an Immaculate Conception

Decò, ep. 5— Decò’s Rejection and an Immaculate Conception

Decò stayed with the Queen of Allapattah for a period. Her mother nursed him back to health, slowly, feeding him plenty of ropa vieja and arroz y frijoles, and her grandmother three times a day would burn copious amounts of sage and frankincense in his…

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Decò, ep. 6— Lazaro and the Grape-Ape-Donkey Donk, bro

Decò, ep. 6— Lazaro and the Grape-Ape-Donkey Donk, bro

When the Queen of Allapattah told her cousin Lazaro to find Decò a job Lazaro reacted by simply saying: ‘bro.’ In fact Lazaro used the word ‘bro’ more than anyone in the history of the English language. It would be prudent to say that the…

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Decò, ep. 7–Chichi’s Disgustingly Tragic Story

Decò, ep. 7–Chichi’s Disgustingly Tragic Story

Decò sat in the chair and watched as Chichi [shee-shee] strut the catwalk. Her hips swayed to base-heavy dubstep. Decò’s grilled-out jaw totally dropped for she looked every bit as beautiful as the last time he’d seen her. He also felt utter shock to see…

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Inside the Writer’s Studio: Candide and Decò

Inside the Writer’s Studio: Candide and Decò

It’s no secret: Decò is an adaptation of Candide. . Candide has 30 chapters, Decò has 30 chapters. Decò is fantastical and picaresque, with characters exiting and returning, a la Candide. Candide’s chapters are short and almost blog-like; well, looky here. There are approximately 30,000 words…

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