Craig Pittman

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Craig Pittman is the author of "Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country," a timely and hilarious look at how the Sunshine State became the Punch Line State, and yet still manages to secretly influence people all across the country. He's also written "The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid," (2012) which delves into the wild world of orchid-smuggling; "Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species" (2010) and, with Mathew Waite, "Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss" (2009). He is a native Floridian and graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student pap ...more

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Craig Pittman I'm revising a draft of my first novel. I've always been a non-fiction guy so it was fun to try my hand at fiction for a change. My goal was to write…moreI'm revising a draft of my first novel. I've always been a non-fiction guy so it was fun to try my hand at fiction for a change. My goal was to write the Ultimate Florida Crime Novel so yes, it has exotic wildlife, an environmental disaster, kinky sex and a machete-vs-samurai sword battle.(less)
Craig Pittman Every four years, the rest of the nation gives Florida the side-eye, wondering how we're going to screw up another election. I figured 2016 was a good…moreEvery four years, the rest of the nation gives Florida the side-eye, wondering how we're going to screw up another election. I figured 2016 was a good year to tell the country there's more to Florida than just being the Punchline State. Yes, weird things happen here (and yes we sometimes screw up elections), but Florida and Floridians are also responsible for a lot of things that have influenced the rest of the country, often without anyone realizing it.(less)
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Craig Pittman Hi! Thanks for your kind words. Hope you enjoy the book -- and please, post a review here on Goodreads! --Craig


Marilee Craig, I read the review by Kent Russell for your new book Oh, Florida! in Sunday's New York Times. Congratulations!

As a fellow Floridian [adopted, 28 years ago to the month] I certainly appreciate our weirdness… though perhaps "appreciate" is not quite the right word for some of it.

Right here in Palm Beach County we've lost count how many public officials have been arrested for corruption, for one example. I guess I should be glad there are still a few prosecutors and judges willing to bring miscreants to justice, if that's what you call it. On the other hand, there are other judges, such as in the Jeffrey Epstein case, more than willing to let a Palm Beach sexual predator who has friends in high places, negotiate his freedom with only a feeble slap to the wrist.

But I digress. As you know all too well, we could swap stories from now until forever about the "greed, chicanery and heartbreaking irony" endemic in Florida. We could also have this chat while walking along the algae covered beachfront.

Again, congratulations. I'll be heading out to the bookstore.


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