Don’t Worry, Get Swampy!

Don’t Worry, Get Swampy!

This is the 31st year of The Miami Book Fair but the first for The Swamp. The Swamp is a pop-up lounge serving as a hub at the Book Fair for all things local. Starting on Sunday the 16th and running for eight days until Sunday the 23rd, the Swamp will host a plethora of events (actually a whopping 45 events, I counted) highlighting Miami’s diverse, rich and burgeoning cultural landscape. Of course the emphasis will center on literature, with a series of engaging and communal events like the Literary Death Match, the #6 Words Miami Reading in partnership with WLRN, a celebration of Jai Lai Magazine, Miami’s premier literary magazine, and November Madness, a reading featuring four Miami writers battling against four Orlando writers. But beyond all things literary, The Swamp is bridging our cultural landscape with a series of film screenings, from the likes of the Borscht Film Festival, Paper Machete’s filmmakers Third Horizon Media and a sneak peak of Little Haiti, Rock City, the documentary about the dive bar Churchill’s. In addition, there will be awesome live music from the likes of Ketchy Shuby, Suenalo, Kazoots, The Spam All-Stars and more. There will be bilingual events, events [...]

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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 in Candide; wow, that number…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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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