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Original Essays | September 9, 2013 5 comments
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Tim DorseyDescribe your latest project.
Atomic Lobster is the dissection of a Florida neighborhood populated almost entirely by degenerates, con men, the terminally dysfunctional, golf freaks, trophy wives, and prescription-abusing retirees in Buicks tying up traffic. In other words, a documentary.
It all starts with mild-mannered Jim Davenport, who's just trying to raise a family and uphold the rules of civility. Society deems these qualities noble, and targets him for abuse and exploitation. Just when it seems like it can't get any worse, a revenge-obsessed inmate is released, setting his sights on Jim. Which can only mean one thing they all end up on a cruise ship out of Tampa. Fortunately, Jim has an ally. Unfortunately, he's a serial killer. Did I mention they're on vacation?
False. I mean true. Sorry, I lied.
Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
True story: found his address in an old phone book in the bowels of the local library and the directory actually spelled his name "Kerowac." I live for that kind of stuff.
What is your idea of absolute happiness?
Who's wilder on tour, rock bands or authors?
If you could have been someone else, who would that be and why?
Dogs, cats, budgies, or turtles?
In the For-All-Eternity category, what will be your final thought?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
Five Novels That Will Take Readers on a Tour of Florida's Underbelly:
Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen
Ninety-Two in the Shade by Thomas McGuane
Under Cover of Daylight by James W. Hall
Miami Blues by Charles Willeford
A Good Day to Die by Jim Harrison
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Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999 and is the author of nine previous novels: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, Hurricane Punch, and The Big Bamboo. He lives in Tampa, Florida. Check out the "Create a Video" contest on Tim's MySpace page.